Monday, February 20, 2006

Develop and Communicate Your Beliefs

What drives great leaders? Ideas. Ideology is vitally important for any organization. As a leader, you also have a responsibility to share your thoughts and views on the organization (and world) with those who work with you.

Having strong beliefs and values can sometimes be risky in business or politics. Why? Because when you explain your beliefs to others you take on two major risks: 1) the goals stemming from your belief(s) may not be reached, and considered by others to be a failure, and 2) those you lead, or too many others in your world, disagree with your beliefs causing conflict and hampering the success of the organization and yourself as a leader. Fortunately, leadership is not about building consensus or support behind every iniative or project you take on.

For any project or issue, the leader must first determine the substance of that issue. Take into consideration every angle or aspect of the issue. You want to absorb this issue into your thoughts and very being before deciding which position you will take. After you know your personal belief and thoughts on the issue, then you can begin presenting your views in the most favorable light in order to solicit support from others. Avoid trying to work out a solution, or favorable plan to any issue, before you know where you stand with your own personal beliefs and values.

Once you have identified your own personal beliefs and where you stand on an issue, you can begin to carry out your plan and to solicit help and support from others. This is most successfully carried out in three stages, including: 1) Develop your own beliefs and values; 2) Communicate them clearly to those you lead, and 3) Take action as a leader.


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