Do Your People Believe You Lead With Fairness
For this week's episode. I wanna talk about the interview. I just had with ron carucci author of the new book to be honest. The book details four factors company should look at. When determining whether they're at risk for the types of headlines we've seen in recent years from companies like wells fargo and volkswagen. This is a true thoughtful thursday. Because i've been thinking about something. Ron said to me this interview all day. You'll be able to listen to him articulate all this much better than me and a couple of weeks when his injury publishes but i did ask him what individual leaders can do to ensure their words and their actions line up with each other and with high standards of ethical honest leadership. He said something individual leaders can do right away is think about and write down ten different scenarios that might fallen an or moral gray area. Then give the list of their people on their team and ask them what they believe. The leader would do in these scenarios. How would they react. What would the outcome be. But the other thing they need to ask people to do is time how long it took to settle on an answer for each question. Do the inherently know how their leader would respond or did it take a minute or two to feel confident in an answer. I i love that. He had to write these things down. Anyone listening right now. Who has heard even one or two episodes of the show knows. Lorenzo and i are huge fans of writing things down as part of these exercises. It's much harder to let yourself off the hook when your commitments are staring back at you from paper but the reason is stuck with me all day since our interview is because thinking about doing this exercise with people reporting to me made me a little uneasy. Now i'd like to think i'm an honest ethical person. I like to think my people would know in a millisecond. What i do ethically gray situation but even if i'm an absolute pillar of honesty and integrity if i've not been purposeful with my people on making sure they see examples of this all. The time is getting the benefit of team. Who believes in me like they. Should you see if you're a leader of people. The appearance of propriety is just as important as actual propriety. The appearance of fairness and ethics is just as important as actual fairness and ethics. Knowing that you do the right thing even if no one was looking is great but if your people aren't confident you do it. It doesn't matter so the next time you find yourself having to make a decision where leaned on personal values of fairness integrity or justice. Be vocal about your decision making process with people. Show them examples of why these things are important to you. You never know you'll need them to give you the benefit of the doubt in the future.