The Art of Leading With Integrity

Posted on in Growth Strategies

Written By: Miriam Lieber, President, Lieber Consulting

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Miriam Lieber HeadshotIn my travels throughout the country, I have met with a variety of leaders. Many are successful, while others lack the leadership qualities one would expect. What leadership characteristics personify a great leader? I have found a common theme among the most successful leaders: trust and respect that trigger a level of integrity. Specifically, when a leader is genuinely honest and leads by example, employees attempt to emulate this type of behavior. As a leader, you can establish trust and integrity by serving your employees. Always act as you want staff to behave. Take steps to be genuine, foster teamwork and measure results, and you’ll build the team you need for success.

Create a Collaborative Environment

If you have a healthy relationship with your employees, you are more likely to be an effective leader. To gain a level of trust and respect, enable staff to engage in goal setting, and allow them to work in a collaborative environment. 

Show Your Vulnerability

One way to gain the trust and respect of your employees is to allow them to see your weaknesses. Talk to your staff when you make a mistake. Most errors can be corrected – show them that. Explain your thought process and the effort you expend to get to your goal. That way, if they don’t understand a concept or task or if they make a mistake, they will be more apt to seek assistance rather than hide mistakes. 

Set Measurable Achievements and Hold Employees Accountable

To understand if your leadership style is effective, you will need to establish objectives and goals. Involve staff in goal-setting exercises to ensure buy-in; employees will have a vested interest in achieving the goals they helped develop. Monitor and track results and review with staff; revise as necessary. Performance and productivity should be self-evaluated; use software to extract data. Hold employees accountable by requiring them to meet the goals they set for themselves. Those who lag behind often switch roles or leave your company.

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