Aligning Your Walk With Your Talk

August 30, 2014  |   Leadership   |     |   0 Comment

“It’s a lack of clarity that creates chaos and frustration. Those emotions are poison to any living goal.” Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

This especially resonated with me today as I reflected on recent experiences working with an organization’s change initiative.  What I witnessed was the inability of people in the organization to let go of a past change initiative that had not gone well because people continue to feel the change had been done to them and without regard to their needs.  People continue to believe they were told one thing while senior management implemented another.  As the organization attempts to move forward, its senior management team continues to experience resistance and tension from those who hold onto the belief that the organization’s leaders betrayed them.  Whether those beliefs and the deep feelings associated with those beliefs are warranted is actually irrelevant; the organization is at an impasse if those beliefs are prevalent throughout.

In such situations, a leadership team will continually struggle for credibility if they are viewed as not aligning their walk with their talk.  Efforts to realize the organization’s goals will fail.  Personal leadership experiences have taught me that most people will accept what they don’t like or even agree with and will move forward “IF” they believe their leaders are being honest, transparent and walking the talk.

When leaders are able to work with staff to drill down to what is causing widespread frustration, there is an opportunity to move beyond entrenched resistance.  Organizational leaders must understand the concerns from the perspective of the staff if they are to gain credibility within their organization.  Without credibility, people will not willingly follow leadership’s lead which is absolutely necessary for achieving the organization’s goals.

Self-Check:

  1. As a leader, how do you ensure your actions and your words are aligned?
  2. When you make a mistake how do you course correct to maintain your credibility?
  3. What behaviour/s would you like to alter to lead more effectively?

 









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