This is the second of two posts on AchieveGlobal’s study on leadership and trust, and our report “Basic Principles: Building Blocks of Trust.” Be sure to read the complete report.
Renowned motivational speaker Zig Ziglar is quoted as saying, “The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.” If one adapts these principles in all endeavors, half the task of building a legacy of an admirable life is already complete.
In business, there’s a similar set of principles that helps leaders build their own legacy of honor and trust. In a recent study on motivation and leadership, we re-examined the importance of The Basic Principles of effective leadership. What our report emphasizes is that leaders in thousands of organizations since the 1970s have adopted these principles and tied their application to successful business results. Validation of the principles comes from hundreds of employees and leaders alike.
In our report on The Basic Principles, we confirm why these standards have such enduring value: they are the foundation stones of building an environment of trust. And without trust, there can be no effective collaboration, teamwork or motivation.
If, as leaders, we’re able to internalize these six Basic Principles as the underpinning of our leadership philosophy then trust, motivation and a culture of high performance grow organically atop this foundation. Each Principle gives leaders tools to lay this foundation of trust, which is so critical to energizing an organization through growth, adaptation and transformation.
- Focus on the situation, issue or behavior, not on the person.
- Maintain the self-confidence and self-esteem of others.
- Maintain constructive relationships.
- Take initiative to make things better.
- Lead by example.
- Think beyond the moment.
But let’s be clear: any foundation is only worth the weight it can bear.
With good reason, The Basic Principles of effective leadership have become a legacy of their own, helping leaders to build trust with others and maintain a positive work environment, even under complicated and pressure-packed conditions.
Sharon Daniels is CEO of AchieveGlobal in Tampa, Florida