Leading at the Point of Goodness

If you want to be a good leader, you have to start by being a good person.

Leadership is an inside job. It’s your integrity and character that will make the biggest difference on the impact you have as a leader.

Most of us think we’re good, but we also are more forgiving of ourselves when our goodness is compromised. And there are countless pressures that tempt us away from behaving out of our better selves.

It’s hard to take the high road when you’re faced with a never-seems-to-deliver employee, or a throw-you-under-the-bus peer, or a make-you-kick-your-dog boss. Faced with those pressures, we often move from good to bad behavior. We become what I call a Conditional Leader, thinking: “I’ll be good just as soon as all these frustrations go away!”

Leading at the point of goodness means living out of your leadership integrity, unconditionally.

In the end, being a good leader means being a person of integrity. Let me say that again, because I know you know it’s true. Being a good leader means being a person of integrity.

Start by identifying the values that you hold so dear, that you would uphold unconditionally, regardless of what pressures you may be under. Ask yourself, “What do I stand for? What do I stand against? What values are so important to me that I promise to always uphold them, unconditionally?”

The truth is, the world needs more good leaders right now. And the best way to lead and have a positive impact on those whom you are leading, is to bring your goodness into the world. So be good. And lead.

To learn more about leading at the point of goodness, go to http://CourageBuilding.com/Kickass.

About Bill Treasurer

Bill Treasurer is a bestselling author, leadership consultant, and creator of Q Cards. He is the founder of Giant Leap Consulting, a courage-building company, and the author of the international bestseller, Courage Goes to Work. His workshops have been taught to thousands of executives in eleven countries on five continents. For more than two decades, Bill has designed and delivered programs for emerging and experienced leaders from such organizations as NASA, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lenovo, eBay, UBS Bank, Spanx, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to founding Giant Leap Consulting, Bill served as an executive in Accenture’s change management and human performance practice, eventually becoming the $35 billion company’s first full-time internal executive coach.

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