The Leadership Values that Sustain Successful Organisations.
It is in all of our interests to revisit our values personally and within our organisations, to recalibrate and consciously engage and influence those we can.
Integrity, Communication and Accountability are our constant challenge of ourselves.
On the week of the launch of Obama’s new book, he gives us plenty to think about such as tackling some of the many issues in our society that cannot be left only to the decisions of politicians, but also requires both structural change and people listening to one another – agreeing on a “common set of facts” before arguing what to do about them. He says he sees “great hope” in the “sophisticated” attitudes of the next generation, urging young people to “cultivate that cautious optimism that the world can change” and “to be a part of that change”.
One key area that gets too much noise around us is ‘fake news’ and we need to take ownership and challenge the source and information, play our part in accountability and leaning into the culture change, within our organisations.
“In God we trust, all others must bring data.” – W. Edwards Deming
Deming was champion of using data and measurement to properly understand and quantify current performance against the standard. Understanding a problem through robust data collection and analysis provides a solid foundation to begin problem-solving. It’s conventional wisdom and has been around for a long time.
“The Deming LEAN SIX Sigma expertise emphasises that unless you can arrive at known facts or data you won’t be able to address or solve the problem, whether with people, organisations, process, products or innovation” – Tony Devine, The Grey Matters Network.
Is It our calling to be ‘part of that change’ to cultivate attitudes for the next generations?
We need to Lead and Listen.
Effective communication is fundamental and particularly listening, by becoming better listeners, we can greatly improve our effectiveness in our personal and professional relationship, increase our ability to influence, persuade, and negotiate. We can be more effective with customers, collaborate more effectively with team members, deepen our family relationships. In every single situation and circumstance, we can benefit from listening to others. Not only does listening affect our success and achievement, but it also affects our ability to grow. We learn because we Listen.
“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and the need to be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.” – Ralph Nichols
Listening is one of the many leadership skills required, many organisations and influential leaders demonstrate Integrity, honesty, inclusion and are our aspirational beacon to replicate, we are all accountable in creating this culture within our tribes. Continuously working on these leadership muscles in turn offers mutual respect, a sense of community and trust both personally and professionally.
As we observe some of the great leaders and how they demonstrate their leadership such as Jacinda Ardern, we are reminded that integrity shines through.
The Leadership programme by LIFT Ireland are endeavouring to embed these leadership values across many organisations, schools and generations, a welcome initiative to drive sustainable organisations and societies.
In Conclusion, Obama, Ardern, Thunberg and LIFT Ireland tells us it’s about showing up consistently, ‘doing the right thing’ and our attitudes that can help influence culture changes for a sustainable future with solid foundations.
What are you doing today or tomorrow to Lead by your Values?
The Grey Matters Network we understand the importance of listening to the needs of our customers, it builds understanding, real solutions and Trust.
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