The original Clark’s Rules for Musician Success are seven basic principles to live by. They have worn well, largely drawn from my observation of the common traits of great musicians I’ve had the good fortune to meet or work with.
As I head toward the end of my administrative career, I reflect now on the many wonderful leadership mentors I’ve had the honor to work with. My reflections incorporate a few of the first 7 rules. TC
Clark’s Rules for Good Leadership
RULE 6: BECOME A LEADER It’s a lifelong process of self-development, not a hat you can simply put on.
RULE 5: PLAN AHEAD Fundamentally, that’s the main thing a leader does.
RULE 7: ENCOURAGE OTHERS Enable their good ideas. Trust their skill and commitment. Seek the best in others.
RULE 8: IDENTIFY GOALS Embrace a true mission. Let the practical goals flow from the mission.
RULE 9: TAKE RISKS Calculated, reasonable risks worth the payoff. Don’t be afraid of failure. Redefine it as simply not succeeding on the first try.
RULE 3: DO THE WORK Not everything can or should be delegated. Be well informed. Know how the systems and teams you lead operate.
RULE 10: SOLVE PROBLEMS Not necessarily quickly. Sometimes with time they solve themselves. Wait while seeking all the information, possibilities you need to consider. For the toughest, brainstorm, think the unthinkable. Engage others in the solution.
RULE 11: ACT ETHICALLY Be considerate but honest. Avoid being unnecessarily judgmental. Transcend stereotypes. Don’t assume you know what’s best for others. Choose the greatest benefit for the greatest number of stakeholders, while being fair to all.
RULE 12: SHARE CREDIT Or just simply give it away. It will come back to you if it’s deserved. Everyone knows anyway, the best accomplishments are team collaborations.