The leader sets the tone for the entire organization or team by how he or she thinks, acts, speaks, and decides

Posted: September 8, 2014 in Leadership
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If the leader is weak and indecisive, the whole organization will often be of the same complexion. If the leader acts ethically and with integrity, then this attitude will tend to permeate the organization.

The leader gives a license to his or her followers to think and perform in a certain way; so all actions and words must be assessed for their impact on followers, superiors, peers, and those the organization is meant to serve. In the final analysis, the leader must be worthy of the loyalty, confidence, and respect of followers, because they will mimic the leader’s performance.

  • Examine your speech, decisions, actions, and performance from the perspective of others, especially your followers.
  • What do you think they expect in a leader?
  • What do they need in a leader?
  • Have you ever said one thing but done the opposite?
  • Why did you do so?
  • How could you have avoided it?
  • What will you do to avoid it in the future?

Richard Martin is a Master Strategist and Leadership Catalyst. Richard brings his military and business leadership and management experience to bear for executives and organizations seeking to radically improve performance, grow, and thrive in the face of rapid change, harsh competition, and increasing uncertainty.

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