Well, I think the easiest way to think about this is for people to just remember back on past work culture, work situation that was really negative and what made it so bad because when I, when I do my programs and trainings, I’ll ask that question and a lot of times it comes down to, you know, other people, right, your boss, your coworkers, and how much that drains our motivation, hurts our productivity. And in the end, from a business perspective, it increases turnover, right? But you have higher quality defects. Um, there’s, there’s amazing amount of research that really shows how positivity can boost and help the bottom line from a whole variety of aspects, from innovation to motivation to collaboration.
Too many times in leadership, we lead with cool sayings. We lead with speeches, we lead with words, and we don’t lead with our life. And as a leader, who you are and your character is your character is who you are. So God’s character being loving, kind. That’s his character. God is love, right? So he’s not showing love. He’s not giving love. He literally is that. And so that’s his character. That’s his nature. That’s his culture. And so I’m saying that to say leading with your life means you don’t have a private life.
Would you place your confidence in a person who was so uncomfortable in the personality that they felt the need to pander to whoever they’re around or whatever crowd there with or put your trust in someone who changes their views and attitudes from one setting to the next? This is why it’s important to be authentic and to embrace your true self without apology. When you are authentic and value-driven, you choose to align your actions with what you believe in.
If you really believe something with conviction it should hold up to scrutiny. Your openness will allow or show others that you are so firm in your convictions that you’re willing to challenge your own beliefs by doing this you will develop trust in people who think differently than you do and inspire those around you.
When your team trusts you as a leader, it increases commitment to team goals. Communication improves and ideas flow more freely. Increasing creativity and productivity like Stephen Covey says, the speed of trust, perhaps most important in the hands of a trusted leader. Employees are more comfortable with change and more willing to embrace a new vision. When your team doesn’t trust you, you don’t get their best effort and you’ll find yourself unable to inspire, influence and create real change.
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