Walk The Talk:
We know that when it comes to leadership, we must walk the talk. Why? Because people watch what we do as leaders, and pay little attention to what we say — especially if there is a mismatch. And so it follows that how we lead ourselves is important.
“Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.” — Thomas Watson, Jr.
For there to be full understanding and focus on the vision of the organization, everything must “line up.” That is: budgets must be assigned according to the priorities we have proclaimed, leadership must spend their time on the priorities we have set out and of course, the leadership team must demonstrate the values we have articulated that underlie the vision.
So it is appropriate to take the time to ask and answer the pertinent questions:
- Have we clearly stated what the fundamental Values for our organization are?
- Have we clearly stated what the Vision for the organization is?
- Have we apportioned our Budget to support the Values and Vision?
- Have we aligned our Priorities with the Values, Vision and Budget?
- Do I, as a leader, manage my own daily activities to live these Values, Vision, Budgets and Priorities?
Often times the leadership teams with whom I work find out that they too often fall prey to the trivial many and forget to work on the significant few items that demonstrate commitment to solid, thoughtful self-leadership. And the people are watching. And our actions speak so much louder than our words!