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:
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.