What makes up leadership? What’s the difference between leading and controlling?

Here are ten ingredients to consider:


1. Trustworthiness – It pays more than it costs to be honest.


2. Thoughtfulness – Thoughtful actions begin with kind thoughts.


3. Truthfulness – When in doubt, tell the truth.


4. Dedication – Giving it another try is better than an alibi.


5. Discipline – You’re never your best until you are self-disciplined.


6. Courageous – Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.


7. Ambitious – You will be rated by what you finish far more than by what you start.


8. Reliability – To know what is right and not do it is as bad as deliberately doing wrong.


9. Stability – Stand solid, and don’t have a wishbone where your backbone ought to be.


10. Loyalty – Don’t forget, the same person who promoted you can also demote you.

     ~ Harold Elliott, Chaplain of Arlington Police Department