We often do not think about it, however behavior is important:
Behavior often determines how people act and react to you.
Behavior determines perceptions (Don’t be fooled, perception IS 90% of reality).
Behavior determines how you are judged – by your boss, your colleagues, your customers and the world.
Behavior will determine if you succeed…or if you fail.
Could anything be more important to you as a leader? Apparently so, because many “leaders” simply do not think before they act – or worse, know they are behaving badly and do so anyway. Before you act without thinking, consider the following…
People Follow Their Leaders
This is a Natural (inevitable, inescapable) Law. As a leader, know you are always being watched and emulated. As you demonstrate admirable behavior, so will others. However, the opposite is true as well…
People Treat Others As They Are Treated
Every person wants to be heard and respected. Everyone has something to contribute. Recognizing this, while listening and responding respectfully, makes it worthwhile for employees to give you 100% – unleashing their full potential. Always remember that great respect from a leader multiplies creativity, innovation and productivity many-fold. Be THAT leader!
People Respond To Action-Based Leadership
Demonstrate your ability to incite action through your vision and your active pursuit of personal and organizational goals. Take a proactive approach to your business and be clear that your expectation is for others to do the same. People look to you as their leader because they believe that you have the ability to set a course and put the roadmap in place to help guide them to where they need to be. Don’t let them down…
People Are Inspired By Leaders Who “Walk The Talk”
Demonstrate with your actions what is valued by the organization and selectively model behaviors that need to be emphasized in the organization. Adopt a “do as I do” approach. Just as all great leaders do, act with integrity, engagement, commitment and responsibility – every day.
People Admire Leaders Who Delegate With The Development Of Others In Mind.
Delegation is an important behavioral motivator. When done with a clear intention to serve and develop others, it actively demonstrates your desire to empower others for organizational growth and development. Delegation inspires dedication that generates positive results… As a focused leader, understand the strengths of your people and delegate tasks and authority in an appropriate way.
People Respect Open, Honest Communication
Maintain open, honest communication with those around you and make sure everyone has the information they need to do their job well and feel confident in their place within the organization. As a good leader, make sure that all communication you deliver is honest and can be verified as fact.
As leaders, we should never forget how important our behavior is. Always remember ~ With great privilege comes great responsibility.
Do YOU always demonstrate behavior worthy of your leadership position?
Please engage the discussion and let us know how you demonstrate behavior worthy of your position as a leader. Feel free to contact me at Sheri.Mackey@LuminosityGlobal.com or by visiting our website at www.LuminosityGlobal.com. Check back next week for the next installment of Leadership Across Boundaries and Borders.