With so much stress on Leadership and leadership Development, the question begs itself what are leaders? Are they aliens and why do we lack so much of them in our organizations?
A lot of you either have read a book or went through a development course for leaders and my intent is to create a real conversation with management who I am believe are leaders of organizations in order for us to create a dynamic understanding. This understanding is mainly of how to identify leaders and develop them.
If we start with the identification process of a leader, we would be lead to a lot of qualities of a leader. One of the most important qualities of a leader is the values that drive them. Each organization needs to identify the values that distinguish them, and based on that they would be able to differentiate between different leaders.
In the same time there are some values that should be constant in any leader. One of the most important values is the ability to state the truth in all circumstances. Although this value might seem straight forward but it is the bedrock of any value. Without the truth it is hard to state a leader has any positive values. Since a leader has the responsibility to lead an organization, division, team, or people they are bestowed with a guarantee to confrontation, crisis, conflict of interests, decisions, success, and glory. A Leader must align their character and the organizations culture with the truth known as ethics and values. But how many times are you as a leader asked sensitive questions or are put in critical circumstances; and your response is not truthful?
How do you define truthfulness? Is it a matter of perspective? Is responding politically, even though it is false considered to be truthful in business practices?
If the purpose behind untruthfulness is politeness, wisdom, company interest, or even sales is that justifiable? What impact does that have on the organization and the people that work in it? One of two, either followers loose trust or they take untruthfulness as an example that they follow. A Lot of leaders justify not being truthful as a principle or reason to achieve results, but is that correct? Do ethics and performance have a negative correlation? The principle of truth by a leader must be a central component of their leadership and a key to high performance.
Leaders don’t only set the principals of your organizations they influence them and enforce them beyond any policy, manual, product or service. For that reason you need a leader that has values that endures beyond their lifetime within your organization; to assure the continuity of your strategy. One of the ways you achieve sustainability and continuity in your industry is to be truthful at all times without compromise. With a leader that imprints the value of truth in everything, you find authority in leadership. The odd thing you come to find is that even if a mistake is conducted or the results are not as expected or negative, followers of truthful leaders give them the benefit of the doubt, an extra chance, and the support required to achieve results. Who determines what is the truth? How many times has the truth from your perspective been different from a colleagues or manager? What major obstacles do you face as leader attempting to be truthful at all times?