Yesterday I felt a strong urge to clearly articulate what Character-Based Leadership means to me.
As I wrote it I thought of:
- Leaders that create beautiful symphonies by unleashing the differences and strengths of others.
- Leader that inspire us all to lead at a higher level.
- Leadership decisions that make my blood boil.
- People I am currently serving and people I’ve served.
- Times I’ve led well, and times I’ve failed.
- All that I am and all that I hope to be…
This is mine:
It’s NOT about me.
- I am here to help us accomplish our mission and to serve.
Everyone I serve is important and considered before I make a decision:
- Your race doesn’t matter.
- Your religion doesn’t matter.
- Your gender doesn’t matter.
- Your title doesn’t matter.
- Your education level doesn’t matter.
- How much money you do or do not have in the bank doesn’t matter.
- Who you hang out with doesn’t matter.
No-one has more value. No-one has less value. …And no-one gets special favors.
I will speak only truth.
- And I expect the same from you.
I will NEVER be perfect.
I am human and I do have feet of clay.
- That is a reality but NOT an excuse.
As a result:
- If you see me make a decision that you don’t understand – please ask me about it.
- If my character falters – I expect you to hold me accountable.
- I will own my mistakes and work to correct them.
I recognize your humanity as well.
- So if you do something that violates our core values – I will hold you accountable and treat you with respect and compassion.
Before I make decisions I ask myself:
- Will this help us fulfill our mission?
- Is this in line with our core values?
- Does this support the people I serve?
If not, we don’t do it.
If something is best for the majority and an inconvenience for me – I will still do what is best for the majority.
When there are policies in place that don’t support those three things:
- If I have the power to change them I will.
- If I don’t have the power to change them but can influence change I will.
- There will be times that you will need to take the lead on making change happen.
Some changes take decades, but if they are critical for our success I will continue to do what I can, with what I have, right where I am – until it happens.
I promise to never forget that YOU are here for a reason:
- You have knowledge I don’t have.
- You have gifts and talents I don’t have.
- You have experiences I don’t have.
- You see things I don’t see.
We are stronger, wiser and more beautiful together.
What would you add to this Manifesto?
Have you written one of our own?
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