52 Leadership Promises for Every Week of the Year

Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 9.36.12 PMHere’s a promise for every single week, following them through will end up changing your leadership and your life.

There are some things every leader wants: to make an impact, to empower those we care about, professionally and personally, to be worthy of the challenges entrusted to us and to carry them out with integrity and passion.

Make these promises, and then do everything in your power to keep them.

  1. I promise to identify vision, mission, and purpose.
  2. I promise to keep developing and improving.
  3. I promise to lead with character and conviction.
  4. I promise to lead with authenticity and vulnerability.
  5. I promise to stay on course and not cut corners.
  6. I promise to lead with humility.
  7. I promise to accept responsibility and be accountable.
  8. I promise to make others’ growth as important as mine.
  9. I promise to communicate concisely and speak with candor.
  10. I promise to encourage creativity and embrace innovation.
  11. I promise to listen and be silent when others speak.
  12. I promise to ask questions and listen to the answers.
  13. I promise to stretch myself and grow others as a leader.
  14. I promise to simplify things and make things easier for those around me.
  15. I promise to take risks and be flexible.
  16. I promise not to deceive or betray.
  17. I promise to give feedback and honest praise.
  18. I promise to do my best and bring excellence to each moment.
  19. I promise to see things through in tough times.
  20. I promise to care enough to confront when it’s needed.
  21. I promise to lead with integrity and high standards.
  22. I promise to say only what I mean and mean only what I say.
  23. I promise to prioritize what is important and make it meaningful.
  24. I promise to be a mentor and coach.
  25. I promise not to take anything for granted and to grant all that I can.
  26. I promise to stand beside my team.
  27. I promise to have my team’s back and watch over them.
  28. I promise to care for my team and pay attention.
  29. I promise to be transparent and trustworthy.
  30. I promise to be of service and supportive.
  31. I promise not to make assumptions or pass judgment.
  32. I promise to do not what is easy but what is right
  33. I promise to lead with decisiveness and purpose.
  34. I promise to lead with the kind of enthusiasm that breeds achievement.
  35. I promise to build great teams and productive systems.
  36. I promise not to hold meetings just for the sake of holding meetings.
  37. I promise not compromise my high standards or to cause others to compromise theirs.
  38. I promise to always have an open mind and open heart.
  39. I promise to appreciate my time and to value the time of those around me.
  40. I promise to give latitude instead of direction.
  41. I promise to know where I am going and to take my team with me.
  42. I promise to always bring my highest potential instead of a narrow perspective.
  43. I promise to choose my battles wisely.
  44. I promise to appreciate the underappreciated.
  45. I promise to lead with empowerment and inspiration.
  46. I promise to do what I can to make my team’s workplace easier and more organized.
  47. I promise to expand and grow those around me as leaders.
  48. I promise to lead with bravery and courage.
  49. I promise to do what I can to make my team’s life better.
  50. I promise not only to lead but also to follow.
  51. I promise to make love a verb.
  52. I promise to lead with heart.

Lead From Within: A promise a week— will accelerate your leadership to excellence.


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After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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Lolly Daskal is one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world. Her extensive cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies. As founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her proprietary leadership program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference in their companies, their lives, and the world.

Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.

  1. sunil jogdeo

    05. Jan, 2016

    Lolly, very very apt, crisp and effective, thank you so much..:-)

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  2. Roger Laidig

    05. Jan, 2016

    Outstanding list Lolly!

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  3. Deepa

    08. Jan, 2016

    Lolly, Happy New year! I love your articles and am an ardent follower of your blog. Thanks so much.

    I have a very specific question on the leadership style you write – “leading with heart” – which I practice too! Conventional corporate America, leaders who command and control are perceived to be stronger, better, and necessary to lead the teams and leaders who lead with heart are perceived to be weak, not effective, lacking in presence. How should one navigate such perceptions given that conventional leadership styles are still so prevalent?

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    • Deepa

      08. Jan, 2016

      I’d like to add a specific example to the above question. I have seen a specific style of leadership that drains the team’s energy and demoralizes them. While this person has great presence with customers, based on the team’s feedback, they abhor working with this person. Yet their leadership style is preferred by customers and even internal leadership team who is aware of their shortcomings and negative traits. I’m wondering why so? Could you please shed some light on this?

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  4. Duncan - Vetter

    08. Jan, 2016

    I promise to do my best to keep all these promises. Great resolutions for 2016! What I really like about these promises is that they are so complex and remind us that a leader needs to focus the attention in 2 ways, speak and listen, and act accordingly.

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  5. Marion

    09. Jan, 2016

    Loving this article

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  6. Paty Peterson

    09. Jan, 2016

    As always, inspiring words.

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  7. Gail Y. Bennett

    09. Jan, 2016

    What Great list!

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  8. Fahad Lauzi Matano

    10. Jan, 2016

    Self acts towards a common goal.

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  9. Silper Pesa

    15. Jan, 2016

    You are a great leader…. I promise to practise the 52 in 2016.

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  10. jeevan

    25. Jan, 2016

    Great work and great thought

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  11. Calvin K. Lee

    28. Feb, 2016

    Great list Lolly. A leader who takes this list to heart will go from good to great.

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  12. counterstrike

    05. Jun, 2016

    Wow, this is a valuable internet site

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  13. Owen Ramirez

    24. Jun, 2016

    terrific use of words within the post, it in reality did help when i was surfing around

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  14. Mohamed El Shawish

    22. Feb, 2017

    Thanks so much for these outstanding promises. Great list.

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  15. wwwydv

    12. Sep, 2018

    thank you for this article.

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  16. Aneke Jude

    19. Oct, 2018

    Makes a lot of sense.I’ll comply,it’s a promise!

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