The Power Of Leaders Who Do What They Say

Posted on Categories Conscious Capitalism, Conscious Leadership, Purpose

It is an absolute requirement to be the steward of your organization’s purpose and live out the values you claim.

“To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.” – Mahatma Gandhi

 

Recently a CEO friend of mine said that the three key ingredients to building a great culture are:

1) belief in the mission,

2) clarity of the vision and

3) having fun while living the values.

There is a growing movement in the business world that proves all of these points to be true. I have seen in my own business, and also in my clients’, that clarity of vision and passion for purpose are instrumental in long term success. However, having a clear purpose and vision alone are often not enough – his third ingredient, “living the values,” is critical in a company’s ability to bring its purpose to life. Even further, the key to that statement is the word “living.”

To walk the talk as a leader should be an easy concept – just do what you say. Instead, what is probably more accurate is the phrase “easier said than done.” When companies list their values on a poster in the breakroom or on their website or even state them in a town hall they somehow expect everyone to adopt and abide by those values. But then you turn around and the same leadership team that posted the values is behaving in a completely contradictory manner – and you wonder why we don’t trust leadership.

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Bethany AndellAs President at Savage Brands, Bethany is known for forging powerful connections – connecting people to people and connecting companies with the fresh ideas that make their brands purposeful. In her recent book, "Get Your Head Out of Your Bottom Line and Build Your Brand on Purpose," Bethany conveys to business leaders the importance of leading with purpose.

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