Presidential Leadership Advice

It has been my honor and privilege to visit each and every United States Presidential Library and Museum in America.  The Presidential Libraries/Museums are managed by the National Archives and Record Administration, and are owned by the American people.


Each library and museum features the history, legacy and times of one former United States President.  The libraries and museums are very inspirational and unique in many ways.  One of my favorite displays, which appear throughout each library/museum, are selected quotations from that President.


During this week in which we celebrate President’s Day, I would like to suggest that you give serious thought to whether you live up to one of my favorite quotations from President Ronald Reagan.


In just 14 words, President Reagan articulated three of the most important, most crucial, most universal, and most everlasting leadership principles in the world:


“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere.” 


As a healthcare leader, or as a leader in any organization of any kind, you will not find better advice.  President Reagan’s statement is so brief and elegant that it sounds simple and easy.  Seasoned, successful leaders know that it is far from simple and far from easy.  In fact, it is just the opposite.  Following President Reagan’s excellent advice takes much work, great focus and a life-long commitment.


For those leaders who listen, learn, firmly commit, and endeavor to daily execute President Reagan’s advice, the sky is the limit.  They will change the world for the better.


How about you?  Do you consistently surround yourself with the very best people you can find?  Do you consistently and effectively delegate authority?  Do you unnecessarily interfere?


These are powerful, life-changing, career-lifting, organization-empowering questions.  These questions are well worth serious thought and evaluation on a frequent basis throughout your entire career.   


“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere.” 


Copyright © 2012 by Dan Nielsen

Founder, National Institute for Healthcare Leadership  –

Founder, America’s Healthcare Leaders  –

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