3 Simple Ways To Become A Great Leader
Leaders are made, not born. They create and develop their leadership qualities by becoming men and women with core values of fine character, and integrity.
Your greatest personal asset is the way that you are known to others through both, your personal and business ethics. It is your personal reputation for keeping your word and fulfilling your commitments. Your core values, business ethics and leadership qualities precede you and affect all of your interactions with other people.
Developing Integrity In Your Leadership Qualities
A key to developing integrity and character in yourself is to study people of great character. Study the core values and leadership qualities of people like George Washington, Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher. Study the people whose core values and business ethics have enabled them to change their world.
Select someone that you admire for their leadership qualities of business ethics, tenacity, honesty, or wisdom. Ask yourself, “What would Warren Buffett do in my situation?” or, “What would Abraham Lincoln do if he were here at this time?” You will find yourself receiving guidance that enables you to be the very best person that you can possibly be.
There are three areas of your life where acting with integrity is crucial to improve your leadership qualities. These are the three areas of greatest temptation of forsaking your integrity, as well as the greatest opportunity for building your integrity within your business ethics and core values.
1. Integrity In Your Personal Life
The first area of integrity has to do with your relationships, and your core values with your family and your friends. Being true to yourself means living in truth with each person in your life. It means refusing to say or do something that you don’t believe is right. Living in truth with other people means that you refuse to stay in any situation where you are unhappy with the behavior of another person. You refuse to tolerate it. You refuse to compromise.
2. Core Values With Money
The second area of integrity has to do with your leadership qualities and behavior toward your business ethics with money. Casualness toward money brings casualties in your financial life. You must be fastidious about your core values towards your treatment of money, especially other people’s money. You must guard your credit rating the same way you would guard your honor. You must pay your bills punctually, or even early. You must keep your promises with regard to your financial commitments.
3. Integrity Commitment To Others
The third area of integrity has to do with your leadership qualities towards your commitments to others, especially in your business ethics, your work and your sales activities. Always keep your word. Be a person of honor. If you say that you will do something, do it. If you make a promise, keep it. If you make a commitment, fulfill it. Be known as the kind of person that can be trusted absolutely, no matter what the circumstances.
1. Identify men and women with leadership qualities of great business ethics, whom you admire, and read their life stories. Think of how you could apply the lessons they learned to your own life.
2. Analyze your key relationships regularly and resolve to live in truth with the most important people in your life.
3. As part of your core values and leadership qualities, keep your word. Keep your promises and commitments. Always do what you say you will do and guard your integrity as a sacred thing.
The Importance Of Business Ethics
Your business ethics are manifested in your willingness to adhere to the core values which you hold most dear. It’s easy to make promises and hard to keep them, but if you do, every single act of integrity will make your character a little stronger. And as you improve the quality and strength of your character, every other part of your life will improve as well.
The way to becoming a great leader is through your core values, business ethics and leadership qualities which precede you in both your business, and personal life. To improve your and leadership talents, get my FREE eBook: Discovering Your Talents.
About Brian Tracy — Brian is recognized as the top sales training and personal success authority in the world today. He has authored more than 60 books and has produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs on sales, management, business success and personal development, including worldwide bestseller The Psychology of Achievement. Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. You can follow him on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin and Youtube.