Lead­ers know that in­tegrity is an in­side job and are will­ing to learn

The Mercury - - METRO -

WHAT kind of leader are you? Here are a few char­ac­ter­is­tics of the best lead­ers I’ve en­coun­tered. They know:

● Lead­ing the self is more im­por­tant than how they lead oth­ers and that the two are in­sep­a­ra­ble.

● If they can­not have and dis­play in­tegrity with the peo­ple clos­est to them (fam­ily, close busi­ness as­so­ci­ates), they will ul­ti­mately lack in­tegrity in all as­pects of their lives.

● In­tegrity is an “in­side job” that, when in­tact, spreads through­out an or­gan­i­sa­tion; when it is not, it does the work of a de­struc­tive virus.

● They know them­selves well and are there­fore guarded over what they give their time and ef­forts to.

● Some op­por­tu­ni­ties lead to growth and some to de­ple­tion and a waste of time and re­sources. Of course, they em­brace the for­mer and steer clear of the lat­ter.

● Peo­ple by name and re­mem­ber things about them and keep track of things that are im­por­tant to them.

They also:

● De­velop the ca­pac­ity to see and forge ahead even when mis­un­der­stood and re­sisted.

● An­tic­i­pate re­sis­tance, lis­ten to it, eval­u­ate it and learn from it. Some­times it might be valid and re­quire the leader to back down and some­times it might be all the more rea­son to move ahead.

ROD SMITH RodESmith122@gmail.com

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