Whether one serves in a leadership position, in the public or private sector, and/ or, for a not- for – profit – organization, one absolute fact is, unless/ until, a leader avoids playing, fast – and – easy, with the facts, and ends up, resorting to telling half – TRUTHS or less/ worse), he is simply, a liar! After over four decades of involvement in nearly every area of leading, and leadership planning, from identifying, qualifying, and training, to developing, and consulting to thousands of actual, and/ or potential leaders, as well as working for several political campaigns, and serving, personally, as a leader, in a variety of capacities, for a broad – section of organizations/ groups, I have come to strongly believe, every leader owes an obligation, to those he serves and represents, to maintain the highest degree of genuine integrity! With that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, using the mnemonic approach, what this means and represents, and why, it’s such an important factor.
1. Trust; take charge: Unless there is a significant amount of mutual trust, and respect, between the leader, and his stakeholders, the possibilities are diminished, and the atmosphere, surrounding this group, suffers! Great leaders must be ready, willing, and able to take charge, in order to help their organization, opt for the finest possibilities, and path! Without truth, this becomes, at best, problematic!
2. Realistic; relevant; responsible; responsive: Burying one’s head, in the sand, leads to debilitating procrastination, which invariably, harm the group’s potential! Great leaders are realistic, and supply relevant ideas, and direction, in a responsible manner, which emphasizes, being as responsive, as possible!
3. Useful; urging/ urgent: Leading is not about, simply, doing something, but rather, producing useful ideas, which make a difference, for the better! One must know, what is needed, and urgent, and be willing to urge, others, to take the steps, needed, for all, to improve!
4. Time – tested; tendencies: Instead of trying to reinvent, the wheel, all the time, meaningful leadership comes from, studying, and knowing the past/ heritage, and using time – tested techniques, when appropriate, and tweaking, instead of resorting to, throwing the baby, out, with the bath water! Consider the tendencies of an individual, especially his quality of character, and core principles, when selecting, who you would follow, as a leader!
5. Upsetting: When constituents are upset, disappointment, and feel, they aren’t being truthful with, their experience becomes upsetting, rather than unifying!
6. Solutions; sustainable; system: Populist pseudo – leaders, rarely position their groups, effectively, towards a quality, sustainable future! A real leader articulates a truthful message, and explains his reasoning, and how his system, will introduce viable solutions, for the best interests, of the group!
When leaders are unwilling, or not able, to consistently, tell the truth, even if they feel, they are simply, telling, half – TRUTHS, they are liars! Support individuals, who will tell you, what you need to know, instead of, merely, what you might want to hear!
Richard has owned businesses, been a COO, CEO, Director of Development, consultant, professionally run events, consulted to thousands of leaders, and conducted personal development seminars, for 4 decades. Rich has written three books and thousands of articles. His company, PLAN2LEAD, LLC has an informative website http://plan2lead.net and Plan2lead can also be followed on Facebook
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