When your insides match your outsides.

 All of us have situations where we are called upon to be a leader. Whether it is at work or in our civic or religious life, effective leadership is important.

As leaders we hear a lot about leadership styles. Books and articles on the subject indicate that there might be a right style or a wrong style. Organizational and cultural pressures push people to adapt certain styles. And if our outside style isn’t consistent with our internal values we end up with no personal integrity. We come across as unauthentic and fail to get the respect we need to accomplish great results.

Before I knew my leadership style should depend upon the situation, I decided that a commanding style was one that would push people to work hard. I incorporated dictatorial behaviors and prodded people relentlessly. All I had was a hammer so everything looked like a nail. I reaped misery, turnover and a bad reputation.

 I admitted no weakness and had a tendency to be overly direct. I fooled myself into believing that I was being a strong leader. Most people could see my weaknesses better than I could. In my desire to cover up my weaknesses I was only fooling one person – me.

 Over the years I became a better leader. And I learned that the respect I gained from people was in direct proportion to acknowledging accepting my weaknesses.




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