The below article was taken from the “Practice of Leadership” blog. I found it worthy of sharing.
“Leaders live in fish bowl and are always being watched. They should always be conscious of that fact and take advantage of it.” – Gene Klann
Leaders are being watched all the time. Every gesture, action and word is being closely observed. In a New York Times article, “He Wants Subjects, Verbs and Objects” based on an interview with Richard Anderson, chief executive of Delta Air Lines, by Adam Bryant, Richard makes the following point…
“I’ve learned to be patient and not lose my temper. And the reason that’s important is everything you do is an example, and people look at everything you do and take a signal from everything you do. And when you lose your temper, it really squelches debate and sends the wrong signal about how you want your organization to run. And it was a good lesson.”
Everything you do is an example. Leaders are closely watched all the time. You are not only being closely watched, your actions are also being assessed and people rapidly draw conclusions. Conclusions about..
What is the right way to behave around here?
What are acceptable ways of getting things done?
What topics and ideas are “ok” to share and talk about? What ones are not “ok”?
How do decisions get made?
You get the idea. This means that leaders need to be a people of integrity all the time. As person of integrity you do what you say and say what you do. You are a living example of how things ought to be done. This means leaders do the right thing even when they don’t feel like it!
So? How do you stack up? How good has your example been? What needs to change?