Category Archives: Integrity

Are you the Leader you could be? Would you like to be?

How good are you at being the Leader?

Do you achieve all you wish to achieve and more in your business?

Do you know how to take your business to the next level?

It is so easy to dream about where you would like things to be! Yet so hard to know what to do to get them there. Isn’t it?

If only everyone would play their part in the business seriously. Take their roles responsibly. Wouldn’t it be great? Then you wouldn’t have to get so frustrated, checking on everyone all the time, to make sure everything is done.

What can you do to show everyone that you are the Leader, that your business has great value and that it is a great place to work?

I actually use a method defined in “Absolute Leadership”, by Joseph Tigani.

There is only one way to truly get it and that is to experience it. Until that happens, here is an overview of the process

However, the steps are put together to assist you to work out where you are at this moment, what is working and what is not. Also where you actually want to go and whether there is congruence between the two.

Having found where you really want to go, the question is, “what needs to change to achieve that end result?”

How open are you to brainstorming your present environment? It can actually be fun to do that in a none threatening environment, where no one will pay out on you for the fault and failures of the past, but rather compliment you for being willing to be so honest.

With that under our belt, we take a short journey to see what it is that truly excites us. The motivation for change comes from the excitement that is created by a new vision. What is it about your new vision that gets you revved up and willing to put time and effort into an activity?

So you have this small group of people who work for you? How well do you know them? How well do they know you? Do they trust you? How well do they understand your motivation for running your business? Do they know about your passion?

What can you do better to improve all these things? What processes can you put in place, within the team, to improve their understanding  of what you are all about? There are lots, believe me, we just need to work out the best for your situation.

This understanding will lead to a better team, where all are working with a common vision, a common purpose. So that the business will begin to hum along brilliantly.

Finally, what do we put in place that measures the movement and growth?

What do we put in place to make sure that everything is monitored to see that all is running smoothly?

Each business requires specific feedback to be put in place so that the system is monitored in such a way that you can let it run on automatic, relying on the checks and balances that you have put in place assure you that all is running smoothly.

This is real Leadership, Absolute Leadership, where the business runs like a well oiled machine with minimal interference from you, but where you still know what is going on at any time.

If you would like to be this Leader with a business that pleases you, with everyone working together as a happy team and you are making money with far less stress than before. Get in contact with me.

Let us have a chat to see whether you qualify to be one of my clients and whether I believe you have what it takes to create the ideal business.

My email is austin@austinparry.com

I work anywhere in the world by phone or Skype. If you are in my local area we can do face to face.

Here’s to your success as a Real Leader.

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Mindset of Leaders

I have been reading a book by Carol S. Dweck called “mindset: the new psychology of success.

Dweck differentiates between two types of mindset. 1. Fixed mindset and 2. Growth mindset.

Initially she suggests that depending on our early influences, birth, family, educators.

From a leadership point of view, I am intrigued that both of these group have within them people who have become identified as leaders. Yet the leadership that is given can differ quite dramatically.

One leader can believe that things all have a place and ought to be in their place. Many of these leaders are influenced majorly by fundamental belief systems that proclaim this is the way things are intended to be. This is the fixed mindset leader.

Their leadership is fairly dogmatic, though it could be very benevolent and caring. However, there is no room left for questioning or offering a different option.

Another can be a the growth mindset leader who is aware that today failures pave the way to tomorrows successes. There is an openness to new possibilities. This form of leadership is always open to doing things better.

Which of these is correct?

A fixed mindset leader I would be going all out to prove to you that I was correct, the growth mindset leader, in their wisdom, would not attempt to change a fixed mindset person. It appears unfortunately the there is a, “No correspondence will be entered into”, policy. The jury for the fixed mindset leader is not “Still out,” but rather has passed their verdict and gone home.

A growth mindset leader is one who does not believe they have all the answers and as such will be open to consider options, there is no need to prove they have all the answers as they don’t believe they have. The belief is that development can occur, growth is possible, new awareness’s and ideas will manifest.

There is a massive optimism for the growth mindset leader. There is always a better way and we will search for it.

The fixed mindset leader is a very limiting place to be as there is no room for change, growth, development and new ideas. it is a very negative place to be as in essence there is no chance of anything different occurring.

Personally, today’s climate in business, politics, relationships, religious faith would be a better place if the focus of our leaders was on what could be, on growth and development.

As I continue to listen to the political debate in Australia, the UK, Europe, New Guinea, the USA, throughout the world; as I listen to the religious debate similarly throughout the world, I hear so much fixed mindset leadership, all fighting to preserve the status quo.

My prayer is that people as a whole will search for growth mindset leaders. leaders who will listen, question, ask why this way, could it be that way? Open to rethinking ways to do all that we do, so that it is more relevant, more efficient, more humane, more in touch with truth, honesty and integrity.

We are getting better and more of these leaders are materialising, however, the more of us who get on board, the soon it will reach a tipping point.

What about this Leadership thing

There has been a long running discussion about what Leadership is:

Some would feel that it is the ability of the few-given at birth by some choice of a raffle wheel.

Some would suggest that if your parents took you under their wing at an exceptionally early age and gave you special training and mentoring then you would automatically show leadership traits.

Still others would say that anyone could learn to apply the skills of Leadership to their life and apply them in their day to day activities.

Interestingly there is probably some truth in all of these, however, none of them are the only way.

Yes your genes, your DNA, your experience in a past life, (if you want to go there) may have certainly started you out well equipped for a life of Leadership ability.

Your parent early on in life could similarly have given great example, introduced you too the correct role models, encouraged you in the skills that go to make a great Leader.

However, even if both of these were missing, the ability to become a Leader is not lost. There are countless examples of people in history who had absolutely none of the first category of being born a leader, nor the second category of being mentored as one. Yet became important critical Leaders in their neighborhood, their business, their country.

 

What they did have was the desire to be the best person that they could be. The willingness to do whatever was necessary to be that person. The discipline it would take to keep working at being the best they could be, even when it was a hard task.

All of this is motivated by a desire to be an objective person. One who cares for others and desires to nurture them and also the desire to serve. All genuine Leaders are out to serve their fellow humans in the belief that this will bring about the best outcomes.

There are skills in learning how to implement the art of leadership. There are really not very hard at all. However, the desire to implement them has to be there.

Are you truly serious about becoming the Leader that you have the potential to be. Let me know. I may be able to help you. The results could be astronomical.

Traits of a Great Leader- Integrity.

During last week I watch the DVD of “Robin Hood”.

I had put off getting this DVD because I ad heard doubtful comments about it.

They were wrong.

It was a powerful movie with a great deal of memorable occasions in it.

Even more though it characterized a variety of Leadership styles.

I have chosen the trait of integrity as this was a common theme.

According to the first definition I found on Google, Integrity is “The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.”

Wikipedia says this is hard to define because moral principles are subjective.

However there are some generalisations of the definition. In western society there is a broad understanding of what moral principles and moral uprightness requires.

In Robin Hood, Robin himself, answers King Richard, the Lion heart, honestly when asked, the King¬† reneges on his promise, Honesty and keeping one’s word are truly a part of integrity. In this incided, Richard did not show integrity.

King John, Richard’s brother who inherited the throne is even more lacking in integrity.

The character of Robin Hood is painted as showing great integrity.

1. Going out of his way to keep the promises that he has chosen to make.

2. Being a person who sees the injustice, greed and inconsistency of many of the players who come from the side of politics, religion and royalty.

3. Being a person who is compassionate and understands what it is like to suffer.

4. Being someone who does not use his power primarily for his own purposes, but for the good of all. He did use subterfuge to get back to England, however, he attached it to a promise that he made to get the crown home. Profit is acceptable as long as no one is disenfranchised.

5. He does not take advantage of Marion, even though he has been virtually given permission to.

It seems that it could be said that the whole story has been written to contrast the integrity of the political and Royalty of the 11th Century BCE with Robin Hood’s integrity.

I believe the picture has done this well. Like Braveheart from a Scottish perspective. These movies portray aspects of history that could have been completely different if the powers that be had shown a much greater level of integrity in the way they dispensed the Law and Justice.

To me I believe that Integrity come high up on the list of traits, very close to actually be number one.

What are your thoughts? Let me know.

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