Posts Tagged ‘integrity’

Hurricane Harvey Texas August 25, 2017Hurricane Harvey began pounding the middle-to-eastern part of lower Texas on Friday, August 25, 2017. A tropical storm that rapidly intensified to a Category 4 hurricane, Harvey made its initial landfall at the small town of Rockport, TX, virtually wiping it off the map in terms of devastation and damage.

An unusual weather pattern that had a persistent low pressure system from the west and high pressure system from the east kept Harvey virtually stationary for almost five days.

Given its close proximity to the Gulf coast, Tropical Storm Harvey maintained its tropical force winds, which in turn sucked up massive amounts of moisture from the sea just to its south. (more…)

Daddy as a little boyMy dad was the first quintessential leader I encountered in life. He wasn’t perfect – none of us are – but who he was and how he lived his life was anchored to the principles of quintessential leadership.

In the years since Daddy’s death in 1998, I’ve met and or reconnected with many people who knew my dad well and one of the things I’ve consistently heard about him was that he was a good man, a kind man, and a gentle man with an open heart ready to serve and open ears and time ready to listen. (more…)

I recently have been going through the essays that George Orwell wrote.

I read these essays in college, but now they seem to have deeper meaning now as I look at the world and I look at us – those of us who claim to be leaders but who are not, having stolen the title with nothing to back it up, and those of us who are striving to be quintessential leaders, committed to that goal, and, yet, as mere humans often falling far short of it – and I see more of the things that get in our way, even if we are committed and trying, and if we’re not, what we can never overcome. (more…)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.As today – January 16, 2017¬†– marks the United States’ federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday (Dr. King’s actual birth date was January 15, 1929), it is a good time to review some of the quintessential leadership traits that Dr. King possessed and that we should be looking for and developing in our own quintessential leadership journeys. (more…)

Quintessential leadership is absent without a consistently stellar reputationSeth Godin’s blog post today is about reputation. The points he makes are well-stated, accurate, and something that we who are striving to be quintessential leaders should be thinking about all the time in what we say, what we do and who and what we are.

We can never be reminded of this too often, though.

How are we doing?

Quintessential Leaders Follow Through on Their CommitmentsIt seems that it’s much easier for us to give easy and voluminous lip service to committing to do something than it is for us to actually take the actions and efforts to follow through on commitments we’ve made.

Part of the reason is that we don’t take our verbal commitments very seriously. They’re easy to say and take so little time and they temporarily pacify whomever we are talking to. But the reality is that there is no real intent to follow through behind them.

Another part of the reason is that we tend to over-commit, even though we can’t possibly follow through on everything we commit to, because we want to please people or we don’t want to disappoint them.

And still another part of the reason is that our tendency to commit to doing things that we end up not following through on is to make ourselves look good in the eyes of others as being generous benefactors.

No matter what the reasons are why we don’t follow through on the many commitments we make every day, the fact that we don’t follow through puts us on the path of unquintessential leadership.

Why?

  1. Important things don’t get done when we don’t follow through on our commitments.
  2. People – perhaps a lot of people – suffer, sometimes greatly and needlessly, because we don’t follow through on our commitments.
  3. We model a poor example for all our life teams – which they will emulate, perpetuating the path of unquintessential leadership into the future – when we don’t follow through on our commitments.

Following Through on Commitments Distinguishes Quintessential Leaders From Everyone ElseBecause quintessential leaders strive to follow through on their commitments, it’s important to go behind the scenes to examine how they do it (what this looks like) in a world where the majority of people, including those in leadership positions, fail to follow through on their commitments.

Quintessential leaders follow through on their commitments by:

  1. Thinking carefully about what they commit themselves to do;
  2. Ensuring that they have all the resources they need to fulfill their commitments;
  3. Being selective about what they commit to (because their integrity and their examples to their life teams are always in focus, they are careful to preserve both all the time);
  4. Refusing to over-commit;
  5. Refusing to commit to things they don’t have the time, the ability, the authority, and the resources to fulfill;
  6. Ensuring active, prompt, and complete fulfillment of the commitments they actually make (this means being involved, following up, and staying active in the process until the commitment they’ve made is completed).

Quintessential leaders value quality over quantity. They also value substantive action over superfluous talk.

That is why quintessential leaders carefully choose – and have no problem saying “No” to things and people – what they commit themselves to and follow through with.

Quintessential leaders are also people who do the right things for the right reasons, striving for anonymity and being completely under the radar.

Unlike the many people who say they’ll do something so that they’ll look good to other people, yet they fail to follow through at all, quintessential leaders always ensure that their left hands don’t know what their right hands are doing.

As we look at our own leadership lives – wherever we are in life, we lead at least one team and our lives are living examples to everyone around us to either reject or emulate – we must ask ourselves about our commitments and our follow through.

  1. Do we make commitments and then fail to follow through?
  2. Do we give lip service to commitments, with no intent of doing anything?
  3. Do we over-commit?
  4. Do we make commitments just to look good to other people?
  5. What example are we setting personally with the commitments we make and our follow through on those commitments?

How are we doing?