“Leadership is a gift – a gift that requires you to set a direction; motivate, inspire, and develop others; and deliver results that matter. It is also a journey. It is about your experiences and the influence you have onothers. Leadership is certainly about the work that gets done, but it is much more about how the work gets done and the relationships along the way.
You show integrity when you:
- Are truthful
- Follow through
- Are consistent in your behavior
- Are discreet and keep confidences
- Uphold unchanging principles and values
- Always keep promises and commitments, no matter how small
- Walk your talk
- Don’t walk away from others’ breaches of integrity (p. 48)
What are additional ways you can show integrity?
List two promises or commitments that you have kept. What effect did keeping these promises have in your relationships?
- Your philosophy of life and leadership determines the process by which you lead.
- Your positive attitude affects everyone around you.
- Your experience and past history of success provides comfort and assurance as you make decisions to move forward.
- When you lead by example, there is nothing your people will not do for you and with you.
- Your “likeability” can affect the quality and effectiveness of your leadership. Be or become likeable.
- Clear communication leads to understanding and action.
- Clarity is Essential
- Competence is Critical
- Identify Your Constraints
- Unlock Your Creativity
- Concentrate Single-Mindedly
- Have the Courage of Your Convictions
- Develop Your Character
- Plan Every Detail in Advance
- Organize Your Work Before You Begin
- Staff Properly at Every Level
- Delegate Effectively
- Inspect What You Expect
- Keep the Boss Informed
- Focus on High Productivity
“When the young Beatles were performing at the Cavern Club n Liverpool in the early 1960's, they were unknown. Enter Brian Epstein, who ran a family furniture store. He had utterly no credentials to become the Beatles’ manager. But they hired him and he was instrumental in helping them rise to fame.
Do you know what was the possibly his greatest contribution to the Beatles? His utter and total belief in their greatness, well before they were recognized by the broader public.
- Maintaining and raising quality
- Developing and improving systems
- Coaching employee performance
- Communicating across the organization
- Collaborating across the organization
- Resolving conflicts
- Building employee motivation
- Leading with emotional intelligence
- Building teams and team performance
- Managing change
- Managing your time and priorities
- Working with ethics and integrity (p. 6)
“What I mean by Star is connecting to your true self and living your life to the fullest. For one person, that might mean becoming an amazingly inspirational second-grade teacher. For another, it might mean being an exceptionally gentle and popular dentist.