In the fast-paced world, more and more people are forgetting ethics. They cut corners justifying it with statements like “Do more with less. Don’t waste my money!” “Why give more when it is only coming out of my pocket?” They go after the short term, the quick buck and don’t think about the long term effect. These people are all about themselves, Get, get, get! Take, take, take. Me myself and "I" is their main focal point. What happened to excellent ethics, good manners, and the awareness that when you are honest, reliable and others-oriented this is not only good business, it is actually extremely good for business. You will never, never, never go wrong when you do what's right! Success lies at the intersection where excellence meets honour.
Nothing is more important than being honest, highly dependable, being on time, and treating people the way you want others to treat you. The way you do anything is the way you will do everything, even one breach against our ethics will contaminate everything we touch. Your reputation is one of the most valuable things you have. Never do anything that will tarnish the integrity that you will establish as the natural born leader that you are. Stay consistent with your values and protect your good name like you would the crown jewels. People will be drawn to you based on your reputation. With Google, Facebook, Twitter and so many other avenues of social networking it is now possible for the average, normal, Mr anybody to grow a massive worldwide following around them. With a simple keyboard you can let the world know who you are, what you have done, and the things you stand for. This being reality we have more responsibility and a duty to maintain a pristine name and guard your personal brand by being impeccably ethical. Be exquisitely honest, say what you mean and mean what you say. Be ferociously humble. Think of the people you most admire and work with the same strength of character that these people possess. Integrity always leads to fantastic rewards. Live by a creed and be courageous to ensure that your actions reflect that.
We all have what it takes to lead. It begins with you and the choices you have the power to make. Leadership is not a soft skill that you use once in a while to get your performance goals or to win a motivational contest. It is so much more than that. It is about expressing our absolute best as human beings, to not only improve our own lives but to also elevate the lives of all those around us, from our work colleagues to the customers we are privileged to serve.
To be the best of the best we need Innovation, Mastery, Authenticity, Guts and Ethics. Every day we have a choice to apply these to the way we live the day or to go into the automatic mode and just cruise and be an irresponsible victim that is controlled by outside forces. Make a decision now to stand up for the new person you want to become, and take the responsibility in work and in your personal life to drive positive change as the leader you are destined to be. Get the IMAGE in your head and step into the image. WOW! You look exceptional, next stand up straight, smile and let the world see how truly magnificent you are! Today is the day, now is the time you are the best of the best, and nothing or no-one can stop you from achieving what to want. Relax and let your creative mind show you the way things should be done.
A leadership quote to remember: Money, influence and position are nothing compared with principles, brains, energy and perseverance.
Until next time I wish you peace, love and success. Martin Acton sensei