Behaviors that Define Positive Leadership

October 3rd, 2013 by

George PortsCAI’s Advice and Counsel Team answers several questions from members daily. Many questions the Team receives concern leadership and how people in power should interact with their employees. Here’s a question that many employers have:

Can leaders demand respect simply because of their position or title?

In today’s post, Advice and Counsel Team Member George Ports offers guidance for this employer issue:

The obvious answer to this question is NO!!!

Leaders earn respect leading by example, “Do as I do” rather than “Do as I say.” They earn respect by being up front and honest with their employees, treating them with “dignity and respect.” Dignity and respect goes both ways.

Observations that I have made over the years of behaviors that define “positive leadership” are as follows:

  • Positive leaders are people builders, they are in the construction business, not the demolition business.
  • Positive leaders are fair and consistent when administering organization policies and procedures.
  • Positive leaders encourage an open two-way flow of communication.
  • Positive leaders do not leave their employees in the dark creating an atmosphere of anxiety and insecurity.
  • Positive leaders recognize the need for responding to employee issues and concerns in a prompt manner.
  • Positive leaders work in conjunction with HR to ensure that internal pay equity is maintained among employees.
  • Positive leaders take up for their employees, stand behind and support them when necessary.
  • Positive leaders never take credit for employee accomplishments and ideas—they always give credit and praise where such is due.
  • Positive leaders work diligently to create an atmosphere of teamwork, a culture where every job and person is important, avoiding a “we/they”  relationship.

“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”

— General Douglas MacArthur

If you have any questions regarding leadership, please contact a member of CAI’s Advice and Counsel Team at 919‑878‑9222 or 336‑668‑7746.

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