What Will You Stand For?
Roy Disney (brother of Walt) once said, “It’s not hard to make decisions once you know what your values are”. Yet you’d be amazed at how few leaders, when asked, can articulate their own core values. A few leaders may recite their company values, but when asked about the values that guide them, the decisions they make, and the resulting integrity they demonstrate, I often receive blank stares, nervous smiles, and a few stutters. Before you can direct, dictate or articulate change, you must first your own Personal Leadership Values. It helps to ask yourself the following questions:
- What will you stand for?
- What are you leading?
- What do you want to change the most and why?
- Do you have a vision for the future which spells out, and is focused on specific beneficial contribution of the products and services by the business?
These questions and answers are not only important for clarifying your own vision, but for getting others on board and moving them towards better. People will only follow you if they believe you will take them to a better place. Driving change and people is not a sustainable solution. You must always think about others—and be able to express—what’s in it for them.