The Pillars to Grow A Business By
The pillars all pertain to the team that makes up a company including all as leaders.
Ernest, being free of deceit, hypocrisy, or falseness. Poor unethical leaders say whatever is needed to manipulate their “resources” that is how they refer to their team. A True Leader doesn’t use the people in their charge, they develop them and grow their contributions.
One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.
Bryant H. McGill
A leader sincerely listens and communicates which builds trust and confidence demonstrating respect that builds rapport. Those who who are willing enough to be vulnerable by being sincere will become strong.
Willing to think be and do good for others. Not sympathetic but empathetic. It is not being indulgent at times being kind to a Leader is addressing the deficiencies in others but in a way that is respectful. Their kindness permeates their communication, affect, and interactions. It is a part of their decisions made without fear. Many in business think it a liability, it isn’t it is a strength.
Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. Blaise Pascal
Choosing kindness for kindness sake is a gift you give to others and yourself.
Being a subject matter expert is what every True Leader should aspire and work toward. Expertise lends credibility and sets up leadership. Unethical leaders often eliminate those who become more skilled and knowledgable then themselves not just because of insecurity but because they know leadership rests on the capable.
To be capable we have to expose ourselves to continual learning and development and motivate that in others.
True Leaders are brave without being reckless. Their bravery comes from their intellect the ability to calculate risk and commit to the act of trying without assigning blame but finding solutions and working side by side with those in their charge to achieve. Dreaming is easy, chasing dreams and acting on them takes courage.
True leaders elevate all by having a vision and the courage to attempt to create it.
5. Emotionally Maturity
The wisdom and maturity that comes with leadership over a period of time along with introspection and self development with deliberate desire to grow and mature will allow True Leaders to avoid Emotional Thinking Traps. Most Leaders allow their pride and other negative emotions to create distance and then animosity when what is needed is the inverse.
In a high-IQ job pool, soft skills like discipline, drive and empathy mark those who emerge as outstanding. Daniel Goleman
To be effective it takes intellect and a strong part of that intellect is emotional IQ. Being emotionally mature improves with age and experience but requires deliberate development. Once achieved its impact is a great asset to a team a culture a business.
Being sincere and kind leads us to be considerate of others. Leaders who poses this qualities are secure in who they are and what they stand for. There are so many who have no character they have an entitlement mentality and it is reflected in their behavior and the culture of their business. Being considerate is not only respectful to others it is a reflection of the respect we have for ourself.
I feel strong as a leader when I’m at peace with myself. When I’m calm and confident which comes from being a good person and that it influenced by being considerate of others.
True Leaders are rational not just intelligent and knowledgable but emotionally mature. This state of rational being gives way to success as it allows for a consistent thoughtful approach to challenges and disappointments. In being aware of their own emotional patterns they are endowed with the flexibility to handle challenge and change, allowing them to resolve issues and find solutions to the barriers preventing achievement.
To achieve more requires investment in emotional, social, and rational thinking skills
To leave off one is likened to omitting gears out of a clock.
True Leaders are motivated by the success of the team not just success for themselves. They are confident enough in who they are and sincere enough to care and that results in true and meaningful interactions. Many in business don’t want to be bothered by inferiors, they don’t want to have to meet with anyone not on their level and this approach is not sustainable to success and the barriers they build ultimately impact their effectiveness. Those who judge the worth of everyone and determine worthiness to meet or interact on perceived value, wall themselves up in a trap of their own making.
Skills that can separate effective leaders are ease of positive disposition, demonstrated by a smile and a positive sense of humor. A true leader makes everyone feel included and breaks barriers down by being approachable and open.
People gravitate towards what is real. True Leaders are direct, honest and transparent. Unethical leaders scheme and approach every situation with the intent of getting over on others. It is obvious over time if we observe what is said and match it to what is actually done. Cowards make excuses, Leaders follow through. Lip service without the intent of action lies and misdirection are the tools of a coward.
A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity. Dalai Lama
Caring is the action that comes from being loving, kind and sincere. There is so much to be gained by allowing ourselves to truly care about others and move to help them. A True Leader is a servant Leader caring enough to act in the best interest of those they are responsible for.
Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community. Anthony J. D’Angelo
A True Leader knows the wisdom and conviction of being fair that is worth the difficulty it presents immediately but the reward it has for all if carried out consistently and judicially. The strength of leadership doesn’t diminish by being vulnerable kind or loving and especially by being fair. Unfair behaviors are the inconsistent wafflers who have no conviction to being just to all only on things being easy and that means taken the path of least resistance.
An unfair environment results in toxicity and toxic environments kill good companies. Be honest, ernest, since, hard working, dedicated and caring to build a culture people want to be identified with and part of.
Sustained motivation is needed and takes effort, a Leader is a mentor and coach and often needs to remind all of the relevance and importance of the team and the mission. Being dedicated to the developing of others and not fearful that they will leave you if you do. Inspiring, motivating and growing others is done because it is the right thing to do for those deserving it.
All team members should be chosen as the future possible replacement of the present leaders. When we select our business culture in this way, these pillars apply to all, as all are leaders and the attitude and approach of all grow and sustain a business/company.
Dr. Frank Layman AKA DFL