In this post we frequently discuss success habits. Examples might be:
- Practicing more kindness and compassion
- Managing time more effectively
- Determining our High Value Activities
- Paying closer attention to Emotional Intelligence
- Communicating more effectively
- Developing character and integrity
There are many other opportunities to build Success Habits. Just the list above can easily send someone into overwhelm. But remember how to eat an elephant.
Stephen Covey has written unending books and papers on trust and very few people can touch his wisdom when it comes to discussing, understanding, and engaging trust.
Covey believes that the first job of a leader is to extend trust and to inspire trust. Whew! How many people can deliver this easily?
An interesting way to look at trust is to look first at the character trait and then to the competency that is gleaned from the trait.
Lose your credibility and you might spend a lifetime trying to regain even a modest portion of what you lost. Can leaders who have a lapse in judgment learn how to be honorable in their actions again? Yes, of course they can. Will the public sector or private enterprise allow them this mistake? Probably not. With this in mind, it becomes even more important that we don’t lose credibility in the first place.
Here are the 5 basic qualities that will help ensure your leadership integrity:
Last month I had another birthday (Thank Goodness!) I have held on to a few of the most special birthday cards, but one- in particular- resonated for me. (Thank you, Kathey!)
The card is printed by Blue Mountain Arts and is part of the “Wonderful Wacky Women” trademark series by Suzy and Al Toronto. Here is the poem, by Suzy Toronto, which was included on the inside of the birthday card:
Have you ever taken notice of fallen trees in the woods? There will be a lone tree across the path where others stand strong and tall. What happened to the lone tree, we wonder?
The lone tree was likely stricken by one of two things.
It has been said that when integrity is your referee, your actions and your words will be in agreement.
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.” — Unknown
The above quotation should be very thought provoking. Integrity-many times- seems like something “other” people need to worry about. But lack of integrity has far-reaching consequences.
Character is often used to define a person’s integrity, such as he has “upstanding character” or “his character is lacking.” Character is actually a set of behavior traits that define what type of person you are.
Most of us were told as children that all we ever really have is our “name” and that we must protect our reputation and integrity at all costs. I think that most of us still agree with that wise age-old advice.
What really could be worth losing your sense of self as well as your integrity?
Character really does count! In the end it’s one of the few things that matter.
“Character, no circumstance, makes the person.”
— Booker T. Washington
Trust is defined as the assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something; one in which confidence is placed. Simply stated, trust can be regarded as an expectancy that a person or a thing can be relied upon.
Many psychologists believe that certain people have a higher ability to trust than others. On the flip side of this equation is the belief that yet other people have a lesser ingrained ability to trust; thought to be a function of the level that trust has been honored in that individual’s culture, family unit, or previous social interactions.
Trust is often observed in three primary behavioral areas:
Five Overlooked Leadership Skills….
ssshhhhh… they’re the silent skills
Much has been written about leadership skills… what they are, how to develop them, which skills stand out, etc. Many of the same skills show up on most lists. A few often un-touted leadership skills are also very important to a leader’s success; and a leader’s success means success for the group! These skills are quiet leadership skills that don’t usually bid well at the boardroom table or in the frenzy of a stock market dip.
In how many ways can we refer to ethics? Keeping ethics in the forefront of our lives and businesses does help keep it alive. And keeping ethics alive in today’s times is both important and noble. How many Ponzi schemes have been uncovered in the last few years? Worse still, how many have yet to be uncovered? How often can regulators turn their heads away from irregular transactions and unethical behavior before our financial ecosystem completely collapses?
Let’s take a look at some of the words associated with ethics: