It can sometimes be difficult assessing whether a leader is being totally real with us. The words coming out of their mouth might sound like they know what they are talking about and their tone seems authoritative. Yet there is something about them that doesn’t add up. We are feeling disconnected from a conversation and we don’t know why. I worked with a woman who was confusing to read. On one hand she was a successful business developer and often asked me to help her with projects. And in another way she would challenge my every decision and action. It was impossible to know what she was really thinking.
My father was a salesman. He owned a small storm window and storm door business that he was very proud of. He worked very hard trying to grow his company as economic changes often dictated different conditions. He had an entrepreneurial spirit that never allowed him to give up or quit. Whenever I would ask him how he learned all about his products and services he would always say the same thing:
“ I learned everything about my business from my customers. They taught me the ins and outs of my industry and how to be successful.”
One of the most critical qualities leaders say they must possess is integrity. When asking leaders what is important for great leadership, there isn’t a time that integrity doesn’t pop-up. It also doesn’t matter what type of job or industry that leaders work, integrity tops almost every list.
How would you define integrity? Here are two definitions:
- the quality of being honest and fair
- the state of being complete or whole
Most of us are more familiar with the first definition even though each of us may have a different understanding of what it means to be honest and fair. But being complete and whole is not… Continue reading | 8 Comments
I happen to love baking apple pies. Through the years I have experimented with many different piecrust recipes, some containing butter and some containing shortening. Not all recipes lead to tasty piecrusts so I have learned to trust my past baking strategies and only incorporate a new ingredient if it aligns with my past successes.
Learning to be a trustworthy leader is similar to baking an apple pie. We need to take a hard look at what goes into being trustworthy and identify the core elements that make it work. We also need to look at the trustworthy leaders we have worked with and how they were able to gain our trust.
Before I put together any presentation, I make sure to do my homework and research about the topic. I also try to find out as much as possible about the audience and some of their concerns. During my preparation, I learn many new things about the challenges people may be facing and how I might help them try new ways to overcome them. Gathering the facts and looking for the real issues helps me connect more deeply with my speech. This week was no exception as I gathered new insights into why leaders aren’t able to be more influential and make a greater impact on their teams.
Four eye-openers emerged from my research that helped me take