Their Private Values Lead Them As They Lead Other folks
by Michael D. Hume, M.S.
In my lengthy, storied, and slightly-dodgy career, I’ve had a lot of bosses… but very handful of have also been leaders. Fewer still have been inspirational leaders. In my estimation, the most distinguishing characteristic of the inspirational leaders has been their relentless insistence upon sticking to their personal values.
Ever find oneself enduring a everyday operate atmosphere of politics, mercenary behavior, deceit, back-stabbing, and passive-aggressive trickery? I hope you haven’t, and I hope you never locate yourself in that sort of spot now… but if you have, you might have noticed that the tone of the team is typically set at the top. When the boss lacks integrity – when his or her values look to modify with the weather – the team is left to the dark side of human nature.
If you believe about it, the greatest occasions you’ve ever had at function have almost certainly involved a boss who was stubbornly committed to his or her individual values. For instance, I know a leader who is popular for steadfastly insisting that she (and her group) always do the proper issue. That means they often do not have the alternative of carrying out the straightforward issue, or even the politically-expedient thing…but they usually do the right issue. Values are king in this leader’s group. The group operates hard – tougher than colleagues on other teams – and I won’t say they never ever complain. But each and each one particular of them has something that their colleagues never have. Every single member of this leader’s group sleeps quite nicely at night, realizing they’ve completed what’s right.
That’s no modest point.
If, like a lot of of my coaching customers, you are an emerging leader searching for to define your leadership “brand” as inspirational, give this some thought. Would your group be in a position to articulate what your values are? Would they say you happen to be steadfast in your commitment to your values? If you’ve mentioned you believe in keeping yourself wholesome, do your people occasionally catch you operating out, or taking your vitamins? If you have proclaimed that private improvement is crucial, do your teammates know about your individual efforts to educate oneself, and to keep informed about what is going on in the planet? If you have mentioned “life style balance” is essential, do your folks see you making plans and searching forward to getting enjoyable outside work?
Keep in mind that people won’t constantly believe what you say. If you’re an inspirational leader, though, they will often believe what you believe. So you require to embody the values you speak about, and that demands a clear set of values to which you are certainly and personally committed.
A little self-reflection, honesty, and journaling can help you sharpen your value-set, which can aid you renew your commitment to your personal sense of integrity. There are numerous correct answers to the question “what do you stand for?”… and inspirational leaders know what their personal personal answer is.