The Leader’s Code of Conduct

The Leader’s Code of Conduct

Conduct!

A very important word in both life and leadership that is sadly under-emphasised, yet undoubtedly significant in achieving sound results and becoming a better leader.

Leadership like I always say is basically about 2 things: situations and people. Everything a leader does revolves around his/her ability to effectively manage these two elements.

The greatest disservice a leader can do to himself/herself is to try to control every situation and every individual within his/her environment. In text-book ‘speak’, situations and people can be controlled to fit your agenda once you know the right things to say and do; and you know the exact order in which to say or do them. In reality however, this is very far from the truth. No doubt you can perform certain actions in order to get certain desired results but for those who have been in leadership for a while, you will agree with me that most of your daily functions involve managing situations–for the best possible outcomes–rather than controlling them. Stuff happens and there’s only so much you can control. Controlling people is an even greater challenge and dare I say impossible (except you are a tyrant or a totalitarian) if you want to have a healthy and productive team and/or establishment. It takes immense effort and a totally distorted perspective to control the lives of other individuals. Your ability to control should be directed towards your own behaviour and mannerism; that is the greatest show of your control power.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s take a look at what the dictionary says about conduct. It describes conduct as the manner in which a person behaves. It also describes it as a way of managing/handling affairs. Your best bet at building a highly productive team and maintaining your sanity is to adjust your behaviour so that you can better manage your people and better handle the situations that arise within your environment.

Listed below are 7 codes of conduct I’ve put together to help you become a better leader. They are:

  1. Be careful how you use your words, words are powerful.
    1. Say what you mean and mean what you say.
    2. Do not use your words in a manipulative way for selfish reasons.
  2. Resist the urge to let anger get the better part of you.
  3. Be ready and willing to make things right with someone who has offended you and vice versa (i.e. Do not allow strife ruin the task at hand or stop the emergence of your desired outcomes).
  4. Let your opposition bring out the best in you not the worst (how else will you grow and reach maturity?). When someone gives you a hard time, try not to precipitate an uproar; save your energy instead and stay in charge.
  5. Do not ration your generosity in favour of only those who are nice to you, extend it to all within the same environment (i.e. Don’t engage in tit-for-tat living).
  6. When you do something gob-smacking(ly) good, do not make a show of it; accept any acknowledgements and carry on with your functions without imposing your opinions on everyone.
  7. Do not get carried away and overcome with getting more that you miss out on responding to opportunities or to someone else’s giving.

Until next time, continue to;

Lead right and Live light

Belinda

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Moving with the Times?

Moving with the Times?

What exactly does this even mean when applied to leadership? How do you move with the times without dis-stabilising the very foundation and essence of your leadership?

For those who do not have depth in their leadership, this might not make much sense to you but for those leaders who do have depth and a stable foundation upon which they have built their leadership on, this will make truckloads of sense to you.

In my opinion, the idea of even creating ‘the times’ is in order to keep things new and fresh; the reason why one thing is in season today and then becomes obsolete the next is because things need to be kept appealing and less complex. The issue with this when applied to leadership is this: It gets tiring when you have to keep changing just to fit into a mould of what’s in and what’s not in, at different times. So, does this then mean that you never upgrade or update? Absolutely not! Skills, marketing styles, sales channels and operational techniques might require an upgrade at one time or another but even when this happens, make sure it’s for the purpose of making your life and/or job easier and making your business more profitable. Otherwise, it would be classified under waste and loss.

What I am saying is this: never trade your depth and stability for constantly moving trends and ever changing times. Your depth and stability is what has brought you to the point you are at now; those hardly change with the times. Your character and values are NOT subject to trends. I do not suppose it makes sense to change from being an honest person to becoming a chancer, a thief or one who indulges in embezzlement or chicanery simply because times have changed and you have to move with it.

Here’s the point I’m making: when you are moving with the times, weigh the cost against your stability and your reputation. Consider if it is a worthy investment or not.
Do not short-change yourself by trading in both the long-term and the short-term for seasonal trends.

Remember this: Trends only last for a season!

Lead right and Live light

Belinda

Resourcefulness: What it really means!

Resourcefulness: What it really means!

Resourcefulness is the ability to deal with situations and complexities (old and/or new) with Readiness, Alertness and Skill; on a regular basis.

A brief look at Readiness, Alertness and Skill.

  • Readiness: A willingness and a preparedness to perform towards an agreed purpose, both on your own and with support from others.
  • Alertness: A state of awareness and an attitude of caution, while staying attentive and acting swiftly. In order to be alert, your state (mental & physical) and your attitude must be involved.
  • Skill: The ability to do something well as a result of experience gained, knowledge acquired, training received and most importantly; constant application.

Excerpt from my upcoming book: Leadership Maxims……..Sound Principles for Leadership Excellence

Lead right and Live light

Belinda

3 Fundamental Elements for a Secure Organisation

3 Fundamental Elements for a Secure Organisation

Kindness, Honesty and Fairness are elements needed to produce a dependable, firm and assured organisation (i.e. Kindness + Honesty + Fairness = Secure organisation).

An organisation (group, enterprise or institution) that is not secure is a slack organisation with the potential to gradually head downwards.

Every worthy leader understands the importance of security and the role that it plays in the: growth, development, efficiency and productivity of an organisation.

The above knowledge leads me to this question: If having a secure organisation is that important and leaders (well…some) are well aware of its importance, why then is it somewhat of a struggle to produce dependable, firm and engaging organisations?

Excerpt from my upcoming book:

Leadership Maxims……….Sound Principles for Leadership Excellence

The answer to the above question and insights into more truths and leadership realities can be found in my upcoming book; Leadership Maxims.

Leadership Maxims Book Cover

Lead right and Live light

Belinda

BE A FINISHER

BE A FINISHER

FINISHING TAKES GUTS. FINISHING TAKES EFFORT BUT IT IS WELL WORTH IT.
YOU MAY HAVE QUESTIONED YOURSELF OR YOUR COMPETENCE.
YOU MIGHT HAVE EVEN STRUGGLED A LITTLE…OR A LOT.
YOU MAY NOT HAVE ACHIEVED ALL YOU SET OUT TO ACHIEVE THIS YEAR.
REGARDLESS OF ALL THESE, DO NOT QUIT!
IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO ACHIEVE THAT GOAL.
SEEK HELP IF YOU NEED TO.
FIND SUPPORT IF YOU HAVE TO.
DO SOMETHING EXCEPT QUIT.
MAKE UP YOUR MIND TO FINISH AND…FINISH!
RESIST THE TEMPTATION TO CAVE IN OR BACK DOWN.
RENEW YOUR MINDSET.
RE-POSITION YOURSELF.
RETAIN YOUR HONOUR.
BE A FINISHER!

Lead right and live light

Belinda

Convenience

Convenience

Penguins are amazing creatures. They ‘bring forth’ in the harshest weather, in environments that are anything but convenient.
During this time, their goal is to produce and to keep it alive.
They embark on a journey of strength, focus and believe–in spite of the inconvenience.
On this journey of productivity, one guiding rule is key and this is it: Avoid loss and chaos!
It takes character and strength to finish outside of convenience. Your journey will not always be convenient but your ability to stay loyal and committed to who you are–as well as to your cause–in order for you to add value to someone else, is what really sets you apart and makes you exceptional.

Lead right and live light

Belinda

The Rise and Dip Leader (contd.)

The Rise and Dip Leader (contd.)

Hello everyone, last week we briefly looked at how you can lead from a place of authority (i.e. become a rise leader). Today I’ll be talking briefly about being a dip leader.

First, what do I mean by becoming a dip leader?

I mean to lead by example. I also mean for you to make a conscious and deliberate effort to ‘enter’ your team members’ world.

Leadership involves action and sacrifice which I interpret as: service.If you really want to see your team members perform and/or you really want to extend the longevity of your organisation, you need to: roll up your sleeves and get to work!

At this level, two key things are important.

a.) Spending valuable time with them: be careful not to discharge or dismiss every under-performance as gross incompetence or negligence. Take the time to find out if: the necessary resources are available, there is a conflict of values, there is an awareness and understanding of tasks that need to be carried out, etc. Also, be sure to clearly relay (or reiterate as the case may be) the vision, mission and values of your organisation from time to time—to make sure that you are all on the same ‘page’ and that you all are heading in the same direction.

b.) Be willing to listen: recognise that with your position, there is only so much you can notice or acknowledge. You are human and you have blind spots too. If you want to really bring your team into your world so that you can greatly influence them and lead them to success, you must be willing to take a trip into their own world. People are more tuned in to listen to you and do what you want, if they feel like they have been listened to. Remember this: they are making an investment in your organisation and they–consciously or unconsciously–expect a return on their investment (financially and psychologically). They also want to feel safe with the knowledge and assurance that no one is taking advantage of them.

The essence of being a rise and dip leader is so that you can greatly influence your team for success, by reaching out to them, so that you can then pull them up with you and lead them in the right direction towards: achieving set goals, steadily improving productivity and regularly increasing profits!

Lead right and live light

Belinda