Leading with Honor - Notes

Leadership caught more than taught – role models and example key

‘This above all: to thine ownself be true, And it must follow as the night the day, thoust canst not then be false to any man’ Shakespeare Hamlet 1.iii

Self control – manage your emotions as though they are contagious – they are!!

Leaders who regularly avoid appropriate confrontation do a disservice to their team, the organization and themselves. Yes confrontation is risky but avoiding it even more so.

Good Leadership Engagment Model @1479


Culture – provides clarity and alignment for more effective execution as well as identity and loyalty internally and externally.

Establishing the right culture requires clarity commitment and creativity.

Clarity of vision mission, core values and op plans and policies

Commitment to the values and mission

Creativity to make this cultural story unique and compelling

Culture reinforces values

Go the extra mile eg Chick fil A, mile 1 is what is expected , mile 2 is going beyond expectation and involves building a relationship. The company experienced 42 years of consecutive sales growth with now more than $3billion in revenues.

‘Culture provides identity, raises morale and increases loyalty.’

Leaders often get carried away with results and forget about the relationship that bring about the results (which are always an outcome)

Results and relationships / hearts and minds

Leaders tend to preference one side over the other and have particular strengths and weaknesses

‘Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress. Working together is success’. Henry Ford

Unity and Diversity both needed


Mission Talents
Commitment Motivations
Organizational values Ideas / interests
Opportunity and loyalty Needs
Policies and discipline Styles


Natural tendency to judge different as wrong.

‘Humility and transparency build trust, which is the glue of team cohesion’

Need creative conflict – passionate discussion or there will be little commitment to decisions. No commitment (buy-in) no ownership and personal accountability.

Imagination is more important than knowledge’ Einstein

Company mindset around innovation –do you identify and exploit the most creative and give them the space resources permissions (safety) to be creative