In a business world confused by many distractions, it is time for leaders to be exactly that – lead by good example. The society at large is filled with many people who take on the cloak of being a ”Role Model.” Not necessarily because they model something of value to the society but more so because of a talent they demonstrate which others dream about possessing. This artificial role modeling is very prevalent in the sports world. Athletes who have been gifted some unique athletic skills behave on other platforms as if they have similar skills or expertise on more worldly challenges.
The business world is not significantly different than the athletic arena. Business leaders are in the roles they are in because they possess certain higher-level skills to effect positive outcomes for the business. Many of these skills are technical in nature and not so refined in the area of people or behaviors. This “Soft” side of the business is far more impactful on the bottom line than some will give credit to.
The bigger challenge for leaders today is that the resources entering the workforce are starving for leadership as they have not had the opportunity to experience such mentorship in their grooming for the workplace. As they arrive in the work setting, they want meaningful and authentic relationships with others so they can create and feel a sense of community and to a degree family.
One of the tools to bind people together in concert with each other is a common “Purpose” or why the organization ultimately exists. What it is giving back to the community and society as a whole. This platform of purpose supported by “Core Values” as the compass for decision making and keeping the business on a navigated path is critical to set positive expectations for the collective.
As the business leader your daily example of living to the “Purpose” and guided by “Core Values” is the needed structure to bring your team not only together on common ground but to lift them to a higher level of understanding and appreciation.
This week it is time for you to be honest with yourself. Are you being the leader by example you should be or are you hoping others will do as you say and not as you do?
Leadership is not a passive investment activity. It is a full energy engagement. In order to have the time and energy to be fully invested in leading, you need to evaluate the consumption of your time and energy and stop doing noncontributing activity and focus on starting to do those actions which allow you the honor and privilege to lead by best example.
A Promise Guide is ready to guide you on the path of best leadership behaviors so call us today at FL (407) 984-7246 or MI (313) 527-7945