Leading with Integrity: Ethics in Action
Integrity requires carefully developing and upholding a set of inviolable beliefs. People of integrity are not inflexible, but their decisions are made in the context of strongly held values. Principled leaders must not only set a moral compass but must also effectively communicate a code of conduct to those they lead. They are obligated to remain faithful to their core convictions in order to demand and inspire the same in others. Optimism in leadership is envisioning the best possible outcome for a situation and convincing the people around you to put forth their best effort to obtain that outcome. People believe in leaders who have strong convictions and confidence.
Transparency and Accountability
Accountability means measuring results throughout an organization and holding people responsible for their performance. The ability to measure performance accurately is critical to any organization looking to improve efficiency and ensure success. A system of measurement motivates employees and decision makers alike. Accountability enables leaders to identify problems more effectively and make solutions pervasive throughout an organization. Whether on a daily basis or in times of crisis, organizations look to their leaders for courage in the face of adversity. Courage is the strength to act on strong beliefs, whatever the risk. When leaders remain steadfast in their adherence to principles, regardless of professional jeopardy, they generate confidence, loyalty, and respect from their peers, employees, and clients. In today’s business climate, executives must have the courage to enact corporate governance initiatives that curtail excess and uphold the interests of customers, shareholders, and employees.
Communicating for Success
Effective management of any organization requires clear goals and internal communication, both vertically and horizontally, in collective pursuit of those goals. To make well-informed decisions, a leader should delegate and understand the roles of each segment of his or her organization. Through relentless preparation and reliable, frequent communication, a leader can achieve this level of comprehension, which will aid in coordinating the efforts of his or her team. Access and modesty in a leader improve worker morale and provide incentives for employees to work toward a clear and common goal.
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