5 Easy Ways To Lead With Integrity
Although integrity is a sought after business trait, it still eludes many leaders and organizations.
In 2019 the Global Ethics Summit sought to break new ground on business integrity. With more transparency and light shed on corruption, harassment, risk assessment and employee mental health, there is still a shortfall on meeting the basic standards for integrity in business as a whole.
Fortunately, that can change quite easily. If each leader could wholeheartedly adopt a few simple practices, and truly made this a part of their leadership DNA, without facade or pretense, we could quite possibly see a transformation in the workplace globally.
These steps of integrity may seem simplistic, but have a complexity of impact that cannot be duplicate apart from it.Tweet
Consider the impact these simple and powerful behaviors would have on your people, business associates and your organization:
Don’t Spread Negativity. In a fast-paced and competitive business climate, it’s quite normal to see people talk ill of others – colleagues, bosses, competitors and industry leaders. All in an effort to build ourselves up by tearing others down. we telegraph our weakness both individually and as a company. Instead, we should talk favorably about others, and work to differentiate ourselves in what we do best. It shows honesty to your customers, and shows others you respect their contributions in the company or industry,
Be Transparent. So-called conventional wisdom in business says not to admit mistakes, show weakness, or reveal a customer any concerns. This mentality inevitably leads to lying, cover-ups and blame-shifting. By taking accountability, and admitting errors, we can deepen others trust in our ability to lead and recover through good and challenging situations. Also, customers and employees are demanding more transparency in business, and leaders who embrace this through sharing information and being open book in all areas of their company will engender trust and longer retention of both your clients and team members.
Be Accountable and Set The Example. It’s not enough to walk the talk. Leaders need to talk the talk instead of passive aggressive suggestions, unclear expectations, and negative intent. What you tolerate in yourself as a leader is what your generate in your team behaviors. Also, making yourself accountable for your actions to peers and employees will help you stay aligned with what you profess to support in your cultural values. Examples and accountability go both ways, and as scary as it is to embrace this concept, it actually helps you to be a better and more purposeful leader.
Respect Everyone, Always. If everyone felt valued and respected in the workplace, lost time due to physical and mental illness would decrease, retention would increase, productivity would soar, and less errors would creep into the work. Employees and customers are pretty astute at sensing and knowing when someone isn’t truly respectful to them, so it makes zero sense to treat others disingenuously. People that feel truly respected and valued for their contribution and input will be more loyal to those leaders and companies.
Place Others Before Yourself. What if your customers and staff knew that you viewed them as the reason for your being in business, or being in the role that you’re in? That they are your purpose, not your means to an end? When a leader truly cares for their employees and their customers first, and not their pay, bonus or perks, they show a rare integrity level that is still not common. Just like Simon Sinek’s video about how good military leaders are trained to sacrifice self for others safety and security, business leaders can learn a lot about creating loyalty with integrity.
These steps of integrity may seem simplistic, but have a complexity of impact that cannot be duplicate apart from it.
If each leader could wholeheartedly adopt a few simple practices, and truly made integrity a part of their leadership DNA, without facade or pretense, we could quite possibly see a transformation in the workplace globally.Tweet
While our consumers and staff are looking for it, and our digital age is making our actions more transparent, one can make enormous strides in bringing change to the workplace in both the micro and macro environments.