Thursday, August 11, 2011

What are your leadership principles?

Every leader has principles which guide their thinking and actions. What are your guiding principles of leadership? 

Dictionary.com provides the following definitions for considerations:

prin·ci·ple [prin-suh-puhl]

noun
1. an accepted or professed rule of action or conduct: a person of good moral principles.
2. a fundamental, primary, or general law or truth from which others are derived: the principles of modern physics.
3. a fundamental doctrine or tenet; a distinctive ruling opinion: the principles of the Stoics.
4. principles, a personal or specific basis of conduct or management: to adhere to one's principles; a kindergarten run on modern principles.
5. guiding sense of the requirements and obligations of right conduct: a person of principle.
Principles are the foundation of a leader's authenticity.  Leaders must understand their personal "guide" to know why and how they will react to certain problems, opportunities, people, or situations.   Your principles define you; they provide the basis for a trusting relationship with others.
At a minimum leaders are expected to provide purpose, direction, and motivation; great leaders display uncommon foresight, inspiration, competency, and honesty to their teams.
Do your leadership principles enable you to be a good leader? Could you be great with more self-awareness or self discipline?
What could change to improve your positive impact as a leader?
Check into your leadership principles - the clarity will help you be a more effective leader.

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