What Must You Have To Be A Leader?
By Steve Turner
The foundation of management and leadership is values. They transcend every working situation that exists. There are no exceptions. Since they are so important, this is a good place to start. This article has more to do with you and your character than external tools per se, though these are certainly tools. Values have everything to do with you and me. We need to continually examine who we are and the “we” that we project.
Here are what I call the foundational values of leadership: honesty, integrity and sincerity. When you look at these three characteristics, these three values, who are you? Are you honest? Do you live with a high degree of integrity? Are you sincere with people? If you can say, “Yes,” to these three characteristics, you’re off to a good start. If you have an issue with one of these three, your first challenge is to fix that issue. You need these three values. There are offshoots of these values, as well but right now, focus on these three. Who are you in relation to these three?
The next question parallels this though you may not have thought about it. Who is your company or the company you work for? Does it have these same values?
You need to know what your company stands for so that you can avoid the risk of compromise. If your company does not have all three of these values, you may be asked to do something that you don’t want to do, or even worse, be expected to do something that you don’t want to do because it violates one of these values. And when that time comes, you’re going to have to make a choice.You may be asked to compromise your values. Even if somebody tells you to do it, you have to live with the result. At the end of the day, the person responsible for you is staring at you in the mirror.
We cannot afford to be lax on these three values. If you manage from a high level of honesty, integrity and sincerity, you are off to a great start. You are someone that you can work with to take you to a higher place in managing and leading people. Yes, this sentence is worded correctly. The subject is you. Give those you lead, a reason to honor you.
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