I’m not aware of there being a drug that improves leadership (unless coaching is a drug) but given the sporting world’s example, I wonder how widely it would be used if there was? And how it would be justified. Lance Armstrong seemed to say that he wasn’t cheating because everyone else was taking drugs too. No doubt similar responses will come out in Australian sport, because we humans have an uncanny capacity to justify things in our minds. Many of us that stand outside of sport are horrified by the lack of ‘ ethics’ or ‘morals’ of the people that take drugs, and can’t understand those who justify it. But not all of us. In this blog we explore the leaders role in ethics of a business and ask whether we all know where we draw our line.
The role of a manager is a serious role, with a lot of responsibility. But does that mean the manager has to have a permanently serious demeanor? The managers of my youth seemed to be, and like many I grew up in management thinking that was how I had to be; serious of visage, demeanor and word. And with that comes a tendency to take ourselves seriously.
But does it have to be this way? In this blog we explore leadership persona with some insight from the worlds top airline.
A wise man once said to me ‘everything is just a dream until you commit to it out loud’. He was talking about all the thoughts and ideas we have going on inside our head. The results of thinking things through. All that time spent reflecting and analysing. The ‘I really should’ thoughts. The ‘that’s what I need to do’ thoughts. The ‘I wish I could’ thoughts. His view was that we put ourselves on the hook if we said them to someone else.
I think the saying is not everything though. The key word in that is ‘commit’ .
Your Leadership Brand
Today’s leaders are becoming increasingly aware that they have a brand. As a leader, your brand equates to others’ total experience of you. You therefore have a brand, whether you like it or not.
Being at least aware of perceived inconsistencies of how the leader sees themselves relative to how others see them, can really help them to develop and grow a consistent brand and thereby retain their integrity.
Occasionally we hear executives say, ‘I don’t have time to build my brand.’ We say, as you go about your business, like it or not you are building or dismantling your brand, so make your interactions count.
Isn’t it interesting how often we hear people say, “I would love to do that, but I don’t have time”. Relating this to the leadership world, making the time in spite of many competing priorities differentiates OK leaders from great leaders and from exceptional leaders. I read a quote recently, “Time is the most important… Read more