The Most Highly Valued Leadership Quality
Trustworthiness stands out
Trustworthiness is the most highly valued quality people look for in their leaders. There are four characteristics that are inherent in this trait: meeting commitments, consistency in words and deeds, trust in others, and servanthood.
Do you meet your commitments?
To improve your ability to meet commitments practice these two tips. 1) Don’t make commitments you can’t keep and 2) Make clearer commitments. Once you have committed to do something, do whatever it takes to meet that promise –even if you suffer loss in time or money.
If you find you have made a commitment you can’t keep, ask for permission to be released from it or to change it as soon as you suspect you can’t meet it. If you have already missed it, then admit it. Don’t make excuses.
“It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.” Ecc. 5:5
Are you consistent in words and deeds?
People look for consistency in three areas:
- Consistency between what you say and what you do
- Consistency between two statements you make
- Consistency between two actions.
Practice these two behaviors to improve your consistency in words and deeds. Do not lie – for any reason – ever – even little white ones. If confronted by someone about being inconsistent in word or deed, seek to understand the nature of the inconsistency. If appropriate, apologize, ask forgiveness and change your ways. Do not make excuses and do not get defensive.
Do you trust in others?
Do you let people know that you trust them? How do you demonstrate this in your daily actions? What are some new things you can do to let them know you trust them?
Are you serving others?
A true leader is not over anyone. He is underneath everyone – supporting all. Great leadership is service to others.
“If then the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” John 13:14
“But the greatest among you shall be your servant.” Matthew 23:11
You can show support of and caring for those who follow you by listening to them, by not threatening them, and by not thinking more highly of yourself than of your followers.
“For who regards you as superior? And what do you have that you did not receive? But if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?” 1 Corinthians 4:7