Take down your VALUES posters. You know, the ones that say how much “Integrity” or “Teamwork” etc you display.
Unless your staff can put their hands on their hearts and say that you, as their manager/leader, live and breathe what these posters articulate – leave the wall blank.
Otherwise they will do MORE DAMAGE THAN GOOD.
I just finished a teleconference with graduates from our recent Leadership NOW program. We all agreed that VALUES statements on display do more harm than good if such values are NOT lived and breathed by leadership. Until the evidence reinforces such values, leave the wall blank.
How Do You Know Whether You Live And Breathe Your Corporate VALUES?
It starts by having the courage to ask the people you lead open and honest feedback (that’s if the trust is there). It’s called ‘looking in the mirror’ and highlights how people see your behaviours, actions and attitudes.
Remember, leadership is not necessarily about being nice. It’s about being HOW you communicate, what level you respect others including your effort to continually engage and include others in decision-making.
How good you are at getting worker’s brains out of the carpark and into your business?
This is the focus of our next Leadership NOW program on Lady Elliot Island in October.
Join us if you have the courage!