Have you thought through the consequences of your decisions? Do they match your values? Do you prioritize your integrity whenever you analyze the consequences of your decisions? How do you balance your business results through your attitude?
As a leader you have to learn to prioritize and to say no every day. Do remember to include your integrity in your prioritization.
Daily Life as a Leader
As a business leader, you make decisions several times a day. You prioritise according to your business strategy. Your long term strategy defines your priorities. You prioritize your action list every morning and you re-prioritize the same list several times a day. Does this sound familiar?
The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities – Stephen Covey
Everyday, you should choose to put actions into your days that are based on your priorities.
Your job is to deliver results. In order to do so, you need to lead your people. You create a structured framework for them to easily prioritize their actions to deliver results in all situations.
The role of leadership is to transform the complex situation into small pieces and prioritize them – Carlos Ghosn
The structured framework you create includes your values. You have to be conscious about your priorities. Each decision you make should be analyzed in light of your integrity.
Consequences of Your Integrity
Knowing you integrity is critical to have long-term success in business. The best leaders lead with their intelligence through their heart. Your personal values and honesty with yourself and your surroundings will give you respect.
The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office – Dwight D. Eisenhower
Maintaining your integrity will ensure your treat people with respect, that you do things right the first time and that you work in an easy way providing flow. Prioritizing your integrity in your decisions keeps your business balanced and gives notoriety.
Attitude Confirms Integrity
Traditional management studies focus on the technical part of being a leader. Luckily, throughout my career, I have experienced that my attitude confirms my integrity. As a leader, we have to think through the link between our strategy, our decisions, our priorities, our integrity and how this reflects in our attitude.
When you start to prioritize hiring likable people within your organization, these likable people will attract other likable people – Karen Salmansohn
As a natural part of doing business, we need to make difficult decisions. We have to take actions that have consequences on how the organisation works. We need to adapt the organisation through up- and downturns. We need to make decisions that will upset our people.
As an organisational consultant, I meet with leaders on a daily basis. Too often, I sadly witness that business leaders forget to include their personal values in their daily actions and attitude in all situations. They just skipped thinking through the integrity consequences of their decisions.
Our integrity reflects in our attitude. This is valid when we give the organisation positive information when we motivate our people as well as when we host difficult conversations or reduce our workforce.
It is true that integrity alone won’t make you a leader, but without integrity you will never be one – Zig Ziglar
As long as we always remember to keep our integrity in all decisions, analyze the consequences and integrate it consciously in our attitude, we will get respect and confidence from the organisation.
Good luck with creating success through your heartly integrity!
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