“E’s” for exceptional leadership

This is the fifth installment in the Alphabet for Leaders. Today it’s the letter “E.”


Eject any attitudes of entitlement and elitism where leaders build empires rather than equipping employees to exercise leadership. With this in mind, I suggest four “E” words for leaders.

Elevate others. Harry Truman said, “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” It’s easier said than done. However, if you keep your eye on a grand vision elevating others becomes easier.

Additionally, you can elevate others by offering education. Zig Ziglar said, “There is one thing worse than training people and losing them, and that’s not training them and keeping them.” I’ll add that mastery and progress are two exceptional motivators. Therefore, providing relevant education that enables employees and volunteers to gain useful skills that propel them toward career goals energizes people.

Third, ego is both your friend and your enemy. You need enough ego to believe you can make a difference. Or, believe that you can learn the skills necessary to make a difference. There’s no room for a poor pitiful me approach. On the other hand, ego is your enemy. Too much ego may prevent you from elevating and educating others. Too much ego may prevent you from seeking help.

Finally, Espirit de corps is your responsibility. You can and you must instill a sense of pride in your team. You can achieve this by, modeling an espirit de corps. The number one factor is crafting and embracing a mission and vision the captures the imagination. In other words, you need a rallying point. Second, highlight the efforts of others who move your organization toward your vision.

Elevate, educate, examine your ego, and create an espirit de corps.


What “E” words for leaders can you suggest?