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Savvy Saturday: Integrity

Integrity stems from the Latin word ‘integer’ meaning whole and complete. Integrity implies an inner sense of ‘wholeness’ and consistency of character. When you are in integrity, people see it through your actions, words, decisions, methods, and outcomes. You are coherent and consistent and that makes you, you.

It also means that people can trust you. They know what they are dealing with. You don’t leave parts of yourself behind; you don’t have a ‘work you,’ a ‘family you,’ and a ‘social you.’ What you say, do and mean is consistent. This builds confidence and trust and therefore it is often quoted that “integrity” is the most important leadership quality.

EMC

 

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Sharpening Tools

I read somewhere that leaders should sharpen tools not blame them. I think this is particularly apt when we consider leadership under the lens of constant learning. The best leaders are the best learners and if we identify a tool that is under-performing or not serving the purpose, we should learn how to get that tool to do the job we want it to do. It might mean repurposing the tool, changing certain aspects or “sharpening” it as mentioned in the opening sentence of this post.

Leaders are sharpeners of tools and are constantly looking to learn new ways of doing things or adapting tools to suit the StockSnap_VXH7L0RF9H.jpgjob to be done.

-EMC

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Savvy Saturday July 22, 2017

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.
Colin Powell

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Forming Other Leaders

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Here is an excerpt from an article I wrote several years ago about leadership. Rings true today as I study and write about balance and successful leadership in organizations in Latam.

Leadership is…

… about forming other leaders.
I have “taken the helm” of a sailboat many times. I don’t remember having to ask for permission. Leadership means forming other leaders and inspiring others to take risks, take action and help to further the shared vision. It’s not about control or power but rather about giving those things to others so that the whole can be larger than the sum of its parts.

“No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings.” Peter Drucker

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Savvy Saturday July 8, 2017

“The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” — Ralph Nader

 

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Savvy Saturday January 24, 2017

There’s alot of buzz lately about one of my favorite authors of today, Simon Sinek. Here is a timeless quote from a great book on leadership called Leaders Eat Last.

“the true price of leadership is the willingness to place the needs of others above your own. Great leaders truly care about those they are privileged to lead and understand that the true cost of the leadership privilege comes at the expense of self-interest.”

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Savvy Saturday August 13th, 2016

“In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way.” – Tina Fey

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Chief Reminding Officers

I just finished reading the book The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business (2012) by Patrick Lencioni. We will be discussing it as a leadership team next week. I am always wary about the title “leader” since I think it is often misused, misrepresented and misappropriated; however, in my study of this book I came across an interesting point made by Lencioni:

Leaders should see themselves as “Chief Reminding Officers.”

As leadership, it is important to lead by creating clarity and over-communicating clarity. As a professional communicator, I relish the idea that leadership needs to be clear and consistent in messaging and coherent with how those messages take shape in the day to day operations of an organization.

Whether chaos or clarity reigns, leadership can contribute to organization health by being “Chief Reminding Officers” – helping members of the organization understand what is important, what is priority and what they/we should be focusing on.

 

-EMC

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Savvy Sunday July 10, 2016

“People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.” – Peter Drucker

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