The greatest leadership lessons learned – so far…

A few years ago I sat down and made a list of the most important lessons I’d learned in leadership and in life – so far.

Recently I found myself wondering about others numero uno leadership lessons, so I posed this question on Social Media.

 These were some of the answers I received:

“The most effective place from which to lead is not from position but from character. Position matters little for lasting influence.”  Sharon Kohring

MBWA. (Manage by Walking Around.)  That’s my motto!”  Tom Wells

“Listening.”  Mike Sommer

“To listen.”  Becky Heinecke

“People work with me, not for me.” Tom Rhodes

“From a teenage employee I had years ago who quoted his father: “The measure of a person is not how well they do what they like, but how well they do what they don’t like. Stuck with me for the last 20 years.” Paul LaRue

ImageDon’t make assumptions. Ask.”  Mary Schaefer

Great communication.”  Cynthia Bazin

“Back in the days, my father told me to treat everyone the same regardless of their appearance.” Will Lukang

“Accept people where they are, and do whatever you can to help them grow.” Page Cole

“Always act with love, compassion and understanding. People are only doing the best with what they know how.”  Kristy Burns

“The customer is always… The customer. Right or wrong.”  Brian Sooy

“If you don’t trust yourself, nobody else will either. Be intentional from a core of solid knowledge, ethics, and discernment.”  Jane Anderson

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  • What is your greatest leadership lesson – so far?
  • How are you sharing that lesson with others?


President, Giana Consulting

Chery believes that:
• Anyone can be a leader.
• Everyone knows something that the rest of us don’t.
• We all need to leave our workplaces, communities, nation and world – better than we found them.

Those beliefs caused her to instigate change from every position she ever had and continually provided opportunities to lead system-wide change from the middle and the edge of organizations.

Her faith and my firm belief that leaders need to walk their talk were the reasons she agreed to move to a part of the world that she once feared. As an expat she embraced daily opportunities to meet and learn from people that represent the nations in our world.

Today Chery is The Founder of Giana Consulting, listed as a Great Leadership Speaker by Inc., writes a recognized leadership blog and has co-authored two leadership books.

She leverages true leadership stories and expat experiences to inform, inspire and emphasize life skills that cause her clients to be more energized and productive.

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  1. Hi Chery
    Loved the post! One of my favourite lessons, which I share regularly with clients and colleagues alike, is ‘feel the fear and take the risk anyway … you will often be surprised at the outcome … and it will make you a better person and a better leader!’
    Have a brilliant weekend!
    John 🙂