But there’s one thing that all true leaders share: The best Leaders are honest and that honesty begins with, and about, themselves. They understand who they are and who they are not.
It takes an honest heart to be truthful, and it takes an open mind to be straightforward.
Honesty is more complex than just not lying—it’s a commitment to knowing and understanding the truth, speaking the truth, and leading from the truth.
To be an honest leader takes strength and courage. Here’s how to make sure your own leadership reflects your personal honesty:
Look within. The best leaders don’t strive for perfection but for growth and progress. By being truthful with yourself, you have a realistic sense of where you are and where you want to be. Then share that same perspective with those around you.
Be sincerely responsible. Hold yourself responsible and accountable for who you are and what you do. Don’t allow yourself to be careless with the truth, even in small matters. That way you can know (and demonstrate) that you are worthy to be trusted in the big matters.
Be led by your values. To gain a reputation of being authentic and honest, always lead with your values. When you do, people understand that your words have meaning and integrity.
Honesty is the cornerstone of your leadership. Tend to it carefully, because respect is earned. Trust is gained. Loyalty is returned and honesty is essential.
Lead From Within: Honest leaders are memorable. They keep check on themselves, demonstrate sincerity, lead by their values, and are ruled by their principles.
[box]Lolly Daskal is the president and Founder of Lead From Within a consulting firm specializing in executive leadership coaching and customized leadership programs. Connect with Lolly Daskal.[/box]
Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.