Do your leaders lead with Integrity?

Leaders act with integrity. They deal with issues straight on, saying “This is the way it will be,” and then do it that way. Employees and other followers sometimes get upset when their boss or leader commit to doing something and then don’t follow through. You probably feel the same way when it happens to you.

There is, I believe, a profound need for justice in the workplace, business, the Church and in government and, in order to submit to their leaders wholeheartedly, followers have to believe absolutely in the integrity of what those leaders say.

The key to integrity is to ask yourself every time you make a decision; “Would I be proud to have this as public knowledge for the rest of my career?” If you make every single decision as though it was going to be aired on the six o’clock news and on the front page of every newspaper in the country, you will be willing to stand tall behind it.

This character of leadership is not restricted to the workplace. As a husband and father, a brother and a friend, it is my responsibility to act in a manner worthy of the leadership mantle I bear.

I have really enjoyed writing this series for you, and for me, as it has reminded me of where I am doing well and where I am still growing. Next week we start a series on overcoming fear; one of the main boundaries in releasing our full potential. If you know that some of your friends and family could use some encouragement in this area, send them this link and suggest they subscribe so they can become a part of our journey of learning together.

Have the best week possible. You deserve it!

Grant Herbert
The People Builder

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Be strong and of good courage

Leaders need courage to make the tough decisions they have to make every day. From time to time , good leadership requires excursions into uncharted waters, and draws on a leader’s courage; one of the most vital qualities they possess. Several weeks into our topic, you still may be wondering if you are a leader.
Leadership is not a title but more a set of qualities to grow into. I haven’t always stepped up when I have felt the fear but these days I recognise it for what it is and have a go anyway. Stick with me and lets take a look at how we overcome what it is that holds us back from accepting the call on our life.

“Courage is not the absence of fear, rather the judgment that something else is more important than the fear”

A leader must have courage, not just to overcome fear, but to stick with what they believe to be true, and to stand up and admit when they are wrong.

There are 4 kinds of courage that I believe are essential to great leadership:

– The courage to make hard, irrevocable decisions

– The courage to stand firm when things go against you, to stay the course no matter how tough the going gets

– The courage to deal with all situations in a timely, straightforward fashion

– The courage to admit when you are wrong and take it on the chin without shrinking back and throwing in the towel

I am sure, like me, you can think of a myriad of great leaders who display this kind of courage. What is it that drives them to overcome, to be strong and of good courage, to stare fear in the face and walk over it in faith? I cannot answer for everyone else, but for me it is keeping focused on the prize, staying true to myself, believing there are no failures just feedback and drawing on an internal strength that never lets me down. If I were to focus on my external situation, my talent and my shortcomings, my fear would overcome me.

What is it that is holding you back from being courageous, feeling the fear but doing it anyway. You were created with every seed of greatness required to be everything you are called to be. Come on, step up to the plate, swing the bat, dare to succeed, fight to win. You can do it, but first you must believe.

Modeling the positive qualities of great leaders, and adapting them to suit your environment, will help you become the leader you were born to be. I am just an ordinary guy with an outstanding wife and kids, created to win, empowered for victory. What’s your story?

Have an outrageously courageous week. You deserve it!

Cheers

Grant Herbert
The People Builder

Curiosity Builds the Leader


Intellectual curiosity, life long learning, seeking knowledge and new information is a universal process and is central to successful leadership. Every change in your life comes as a result of the input of new information. Coming face to face with a new idea or concept sends your life in a new direction, no matter how small that adjustment may seem.

Leaders are continually exposing themselves to the greatest quality of new information. From this diamond mine of information they come up with gems of ideas that enable them to stay ahead of the status quo. If a leaders does not expose themselves to a wealth of ideas, it is unlikely that they will discover the necessary innovation we talked about last week.

What books are you currently reading? Are they challenging you and making you grow? Do they inspire you to think about where you are heading?

What do you listen to each day? Is it uplifting and positive? Is it new information from people who have gone where you want to go?

What are you watching?
Are the images it imprints in your subconscious helpful or detrimental to you moving forward?

Have an outstanding week filled with new and exciting information. You deserve it!

Cheers

Grant Herbert
The People Builder

Innovative Leaders Challenge the Status Quo

Innovation is another quality of a great leader, who is constantly seeking ways to improve things, always challenging the way things are. They know they are currently doing could soon be obsolete, so they have a back up strategy ready to go, just in case. There is but one constant, some would say, that you can be assured of, and that is CHANGE. The five best products and services around the world 3 years from now have not even been invented yet.

What does the issue of change mean, to you as a leader, and to your organisation?

If, while you are managing the present for results, you are not also keeping an eye on where you are going, you can head into trouble.

Innovation is simply a commitment to continuous improvement. With this commitment, your breakthrough ideas will inevitably come.

Think of one task central to the responsibility you have in your current role. Describe the process, either mental or physical, you use to complete this task. How is this process different to how it was six months or a year ago? What changes or adjustments could you make to this process in the future?

Change for change sake is mostly unproductive. Change for continuous improvement is vital in your personal leadership and in leading others!

Have a great week filled with innovative change. You deserve it!

Cheers

Grant Herbert
The People Builder