I recently wrote a white paper about the impact of companies when their leaders focus on the company’s purpose and reinforce the company’s core values. As we approach a season of special DAYS: Father’s, Graduations & Weddings, it occurred to me that the same principles of leadership apply to our roles as fathers, responsible young adults and newly married couples.
Just like clear purpose and values create more engaged, productive and loyal employees, this is also true for families. In a recent interview with Chris Bennett, Director of Development at Lab Holdings, LLC., when asked what his secret was to creating trust in his organization, his answer was: “I am honest and treat everyone like they are the President.” When talking to Mr. Bennett, he mentioned that something he is very proud of is the leadership’s ability to take individuals from all walks of life who are bright and talented, and create an environment where they are valued, trusted, and their voice is heard. He creates trust in his organization, just like we are able to do in all our circles.
Kouzes and Posner (2002) surveyed over 75,000 people around the world; when asked what they value most about a leader people are willing to follow, more than 50% of votes were given to the following characteristics: Honesty, Competence, Forward-looking, and Inspirational. When looking further into the analysis, nearly 90% of constituents want their leaders to be honest above all else. Isn’t that also what our children look for in their parents? And what we look for in our partners?
Honesty is the foundation of trust, which is a critical component in building a long-lasting committed relationship of trust – and a high-performing organization.
An individual’s behavior is determined by the relative importance that he/she places on particular values. Hence, the actions that we take are linked with our values and can be observed through our decisions, demonstrated priorities, and actions.
So, let us celebrate these DAYS as we leave a legacy of honesty and trust where our values are clearly delineated through our actions. Always remember: Children are the messengers we send to a time we will never see.
“Purpose and Values Centered Life” © Dr. Betty Uribe
Dr. Betty Uribe, Executive Vice President, California Bank & Trust