Leaders play a crucial role in establishing their organizations’ culture. Not only does a manager need to have authority and respect but they also need to be relate-able and trustworthy. They need to show a level of integrity that their peers, staff, and employees can emulate.
Build Your Culture Without Hypocrisy
A community has a connection and will get together to work on projects, knowing when in need, other members of the community will step up to assist them. As a leader, it is up to you to establish the culture within your organizational community. Your personal integrity and example based on your integrity are what will form this community’s culture.
Hypocrisy doesn’t only undermine a leader’s authority; it can also directly threaten the culture.
On a psychological level, individuals need to know that a company has their back for the long-term. While there may not be any “cradle to grave” organizations anymore – we still want to believe that a company has not forgotten these principles. If your team does not feel this loyalty from you or the organization, they may become complacent.
In the workplace, when employees start to treat each other like strangers, they’re increasingly motivated to reach no higher than their job description. Bitterness and petty complaints well up and conflict replaces kindness.
Your community will then become stagnant, and your team will grow resentful.
Each time you ask something from your employees that you would not demand of yourself you are presenting yourself as a hypocrite. You must ask yourself why you would not perform the task yourself? Do you feel the task is beneath you or do you honestly just feel unqualified?
When you have a fully functioning community and a vibrant, diversified culture, then you have a healthy organization. You can ask for favors because they know they can trust that down the road you will offer them something in return. They know you are fair and that you will do your part as well. You can require them to give 110% because you expect nothing less from yourself.
Be Who You Were Meant to Be
If you want to be a great leader and be a remarkable success, then you should invest in yourself. You must improve inside and out – starting with inside. Self-reflective behavior is affirmative action towards your life goal. As a leader, it’s important how you treat everyone. Great leaders are remembered for how they make people feel. Remember if you:
- Create a culture of equality, then you need to make sure to require the same of yourself that you are requiring from others.
- Make education a priority, make sure you are continuing to educate yourself.
- Promote fairness, make sure you are taking time with your employees and not only having lunch in the executive lounge.
- Encourage workers to stay late, make sure you are rolling up your sleeves with them.
It’s not always easy to find balance and maintain work integrity. It’s not always ethics that can cause the conflict. If you are also promoting for your workers to remember their family life – you need to do the same. Don’t forget to take the time you need to refresh and make that time for yourself, your family, and your friends. The road to success is not paved by forgetting to de-stress.
The primary challenge is to find a balance for yourself and remember, no matter what else, people will be watching for what you do over just what you say.