The 8 Prin­ci­ples of Rebel Lead­er­ship

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1. Seek out the new. It’s im­por­tant to break away from rou­tine and find in­spi­ra­tion in un­likely places. For busi­ness lead­ers, this could mean in­tro­duc­ing em­ploy­ees to things that aren’t ob­vi­ously re­lated to the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

2. En­cour­age con­struc­tive dis­sent. We of­ten seek out the opin­ions most likely to match ours, but rebels fight that in­stinct, find­ing ways to en­cour­age con­flict and dis­agree­ment.

3. Open con­ver­sa­tions, don’t close them. Rebels are will­ing to keep an open mind.

4. Re­veal your­self – and re­flect. Rebel lead­ers fo­cus on their strengths, but are hon­est about their weak­nesses and make an ef­fort to be mind­ful of both.

5. Learn ev­ery­thing – then for­get ev­ery­thing. Suc­cess­ful rebels un­der­stand the im­por­tance of mas­ter­ing the fun­da­men­tals of their in­dus­try, but never be­come slaves to the rules.

6. Find free­dom in con­straints. Many peo­ple think they can’t in­no­vate be­cause the pa­ram­e­ters of their job are too rigid. Rebels work through and even find in­spi­ra­tion in con­straints.

7. Lead from the trenches. Rebel lead­ers are will­ing to get their hands dirty, and their em­ploy­ees re­spect them for that.

8. Fos­ter happy ac­ci­dents. Rebels know the value of a happy ac­ci­dent. They be­lieve in workspaces and teams that cross-pol­li­nate, and re­al­ize that a mis­take can un­lock a break­through.

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