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5 Rules Effective Leader Should Try to Live By

Being a boss is different than being a leader

Source | | John Monarch

I’ve been in executive positions for about a decade now. Although it’s been an incredibly rewarding experience, I can’t say that it has always gone smoothly. I’ve made mistakes, including hiring someone who ended up stealing from my company.

Leading a company is a trial by fire, and you simply have to reflect and learn from your mistakes as you go. That being said, creating a few general rules can help guide you through difficult decisions. I’ve had plenty of ups and downs over the past 10 years, and I’ve learned a great deal from both the highs and the lows.

Here are the five rules I try to live by in an effort to be the most effective executive I can:

1. Avoid hustle porn

In the past decade, content I like to call “hustle porn” — motivational YouTube and Instagram videos — has become mainstream. The people in these videos constantly advise young entrepreneurs and executives to work 14 hours a day and hustle every minute of every hour.

That’s probably the worst possible advice to give someone in a leadership position. 

Constantly working long hours without a break isn’t a recipe for success. It’s a recipe for burnout. And yes, there have been times when I had to pull all-nighters or work overtime for a couple of days. But that was because I was a young executive with no other options, not because I thought doing so was virtuous.

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