What does it mean to be your word?
In leadership, it’s everything.
It’s what builds trust.
It’s about integrity.
It’s about being someone others can count on.
When people are not their word, it erodes the very foundation of a relationship, and our lives are all about relationships.
Some people choose where and when they are their word. It may be that they are their word at home or with their friends, but not at work or vice versa.
Great leadership is about being trustworthy. Really, being your word is everything.
We all bite off more than we can chew sometimes and it makes it difficult to follow through the way we would like. That’s okay, just so long as we take radical responsibility for not following through as we had planned.
Then we must step into action to create a mutual plan B, and apologize.
A simple "I'm sorry," goes a long way. I have been truly dismayed how this simple act of kindness seems to be sorely missing these days.
In the past few months, I've have had several people ask to do a project for me and then decide they didn’t want to, couldn't finish it, or just said that they just changed their minds. Not one of them apologized for letting me down. What????
Sometimes we don’t want to look at our flaws and admit that we made a mistake, so we push our errors aside.
But if you want to stand out and be a great leader and a trusted friend, taking radical responsibility is essential.
I challenge us all to take a good look at where we may have let other’s down. Call them, not just a quick text which can easily get misinterpreted, and make it right.
We really need community right now and taking self-responsibility for how we affect one another is fundamental to strengthening the fabric of our relationships, and our leadership.
Let me know how it goes!