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16 Leadership Lessons from Riding a Motorcycle

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16 Leadership Lessons from Riding a Motorcycle

  • Hold on to your vision, and make sure it is aligned with who you are.
  • You get what you pay attention to.
  • Slow into the curve, accelerate out.
  • Counter-steer.
  • Test assumptions continuously.
  • Anticipate, without fear.
  • Take ‘em somewhere.
  • Know how to make an emergency stop.
  • Practice makes fearless.
  • After a ride in the rain, dry your bike thoroughly.
  • Pair new riders with more experience ones, and give them plenty of encouragement.
  • Give ample notice before what happens next. Communicate clearly, and make sure you’re getting through.
  • Check your rear view often!
  • Prepare for the ride.
  • You don’t want blind followers.
  • Have Fun!


Lesson 1: Hold on to your vision, and make sure it is aligned with who you are.

Several years ago, my wife was cruising through the Farmington Flats here in Connecticut, when she noticed a female motorcycle rider who was obviously enjoying the wind in her face and the combo of open road freedom and fingertip-power that’s only available on motorcycle. As Sue tells the story, she wondered what it might feel like to have that kind of freedom, and decided that she would find out.

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