What questions do you have about leadership? Most likely, you will see them in the 7 questions asked by Consult Clarity. If you do not see your question, then ask it in the comments. I will answer, find the answer or someone will see the question and respond!
Jonno White from Consult Clarity contacted me and asked if he could interview me about leadership. I wanted to be clear with him that Be the Solution Daily is an organization of one, me. I have been a leader for several decades, my purpose in life is to serve others. Not only that, but I spent most of my career in serving education (children, staff, families, and community).
I have provided the link to the entire interview of the questions asked and my responses. There is a brief story about me at the beginning, and I hope you take a few minutes to read what they have shared. I enjoyed answering the questions and I hope by reading them you take away something you can use. I will share just one of the questions asked and hopefully, it will provide you with one answer.
What’s one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
As an avid reader, I am constantly amazed by the profound impact books have had on my life. I have a long list of books that have provided me with resources, motivation, inspiration, and guidance. Among them, there is one recent gem by Ken Blanchard and Randy Conley that, I believe, is essential reading for every leader: “Simple Truths of Leadership: 52 Ways to Be a Servant Leader and Build Trust in Making Common-Sense Common Practice.”
Among the 52 powerful insights in this book, one particular truth resonates deeply with me: #41, which states, “#Trust is always trending. Doing the right thing never goes out of style.” This truth has become one of my favorites, reminding me that building trust and being trusted is not an optional aspect of leadership but an absolute necessity.
In a world where trust is often fragile and easily eroded, this truth serves as a timeless reminder of the importance of integrity. Our values should guide our decisions, especially as leaders. Unfortunately, some leaders tend to rationalize the truth, seeking ways to shape it to their advantage, convincing themselves that they are being honest without revealing the full story. However, in reality, telling half-truths is akin to telling half-lies.
The heart of trustworthiness lies in maintaining unwavering integrity. It is a quality that I have always emphasized to my students, reminding them that true integrity means doing the right thing even when no one is looking. It means always telling the truth and being honest, no matter the circumstances.
In a world where trust is typically fragile and easily eroded, it is essential for leaders to embrace and embody this simple truth. By consistently choosing integrity and honesty, leaders can lay a solid foundation of trust, fostering healthy relationships and inspiring others to do the same.
Blanchard and Conley’s book, “Simple Truths of Leadership,” offers a wealth of wisdom and practical guidance for leaders who strive to be servant leaders and cultivate trust. It is a resource that I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone seeking to enhance their leadership skills and make a positive impact on those they lead.