Leadership can never be divorced from the leader. And as a leader, you cannot impart what you do not possess. This is why “the main ingredient of good leadership is character”.
“The main ingredient of good leadership is good character. This is because leadership involves conduct and conduct is determined by values.” – Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf
Whilst many place value in titles and positions, it’s behaviour that wins people’s trust and respect. A foundational leadership principle is that leaders need to model the behaviours and attitudes which they expect from others. The example set by leaders are most powerful when grounded in values and when leaders live their values in their own authentic manner. When is comes to values they are most effectively demonstrated by your behaviour, words count, but not nearly as much as your deeds.
Great leaders lead from the front. They take the initiative to go first. People follow a person, before they buy into a strategy and a plan. People need more than grand idea. They need to see the idea lived in the flesh.
- Do you set the example by aligning your values with your actions?
- Do you lead from the front?