LEADERSHIP IS VIRTUOUS OR IT’S NOT LEADERSHIP
It’s a quote from a colleague, Alexandre Havard, that I’ve shared lately.
Why? I’ve worked with dozens of business leaders over the last month of crisis to 1. keep team members, 2. retain clients, and 3. sharpen strategy. What most business leaders do in crisis is retreat into their corners and abandon leadership (moving people forward) for management (moving things forward).
They do it by casting integrity aside, thinking small instead of big, and deviating from core strategy instead of sticking to it.
In other words, they DISINTEGRATE…
Instead, what they should do is focus on long-term decision making. How? Double-down on leadership.
EXAMPLES over the last month are 1. giving team members the option to over-draw on their PTO, by up to 80 hours. 2. Furloughing folks 1v1 instead of ‘en masse’, sooner rather than later, and clearly communicating everything you can do to improve their condition, considering the circumstances, such as make professional development opportunities available.
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LEADERSHIP, INTEGRITY, AND VIRTUE IS THIS: You practice virtue to build integrity or authority that’s authoritative, not authoritarian. Integrity is integritas in Latin. It is the state of being complete, undivided or unimpaired. Leadership is being at your best in all pillars of your life (spouse, parent, business colleague, friend, community member, spirituality) especially when things are tough.