Actions speak louder than words.
They also lie louder than words.
--- Anthony Silard
If you are in a leadership role, people scrutinize your every move. They are looking for character, integrity, and competence. Why? They want to feel secure that the ship will arrive at its destination, and that you will look out for their needs during the journey. When your character is stable and rooted in a burning desire to help others – whether it’s to provide health care to elderly people, or to design cutting-edge fashions that make people’s lives more beautiful, or to enable young people to build their self-confidence through athletics, or to raise children to be healthy, confident, compassionate human beings – you inspire loyalty in others. You help them feel secure that you are committed to reaching the destination they want to reach, and that you will have a strong hand at the helm. This is why they board your ship. Write down a few ways you can provide security and stability this week to the people in your office, on your team, or in your home.
Anthony Silard is the president of The Global Leadership Institute and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday each week in your inbox and a free copy of Anthony's new audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).