The Second Logos Leadership Strategy – EXAMPLE Act as an ambassador who provides your organization with a living example of truth, wisdom, and excellence. I have presented the ten core competencies of the Leader’s Leader according to the LEADERSHIP acrostic: Logos Example Authority Destiny Education Relationships Systems Happiness Ideation Passing on a Legacy We have discussed Logos, the first success strategy for leadership. I hope you have completed the Personal Action Plan (found as an attachment to this article), which will equip you to incorporate Logos into your own leadership beliefs and behaviors. Now we will examine the second core competency of the Leader’s Leader: example. The leader’s actions are the outliving of his or her in-living philosophy. The le NULL
The role of the leader in the EXAMPLE core competency is to act as an ambassador who provides the organization with a living example of TRUTH, WISDOM, and EXCELLENCE.
Every action is the outworking of some theory, whether one fully comprehends that theory or not. Leader’s Leaders understand that philosophy precedes performance; therefore they clearly define what they believe before they concentrate on their behavior. A philosophy – a logos – that stresses truth in all things, wisdom in all things, and excellence in all things will lift individuals and organizations to levels of extraordinary performance. However, even the most exemplary philosophy will crumble into so much meaningless dust if its possessor does not live out that philosophy in the harsh light of public scrutiny. Example is simply “walking the talk” or, to utilize the terms I use in this program, living the logos. Leader’s Leaders are ambassadors because they demonstrate that the logos is real. They don’t merely talk about the logos; they live by it. Why is example important?
People look to the leader’s example in order to see what great leadership looks like.
They follow the Leader’s Leader willingly because the leader’s model is arresting and attractive. The Leader’s Leader develops an exemplary philosophy and then proceeds to demonstrate what that philosophy looks like with skin on. Leader’s Leaders have chosen to take the high road of philosophical excellence, rather than practical expedience. They strive to build their lives on an authentic foundation, a true philosophy that will produce healthy, vibrant fruit in their homes, their workplaces, and in their communities. And you can be certain that those who interact with a Leader’s Leader are watching closely to see if the leader’s behavior is consistent with his or her personal philosophy! A leader may claim to possess an excellent philosophy, but people wonder, “Is it true?” In times of stress or disappointment, will the leader continue to live out the philosophy, or will something different emerge? Those who work under the authority of a Leader’s Leader (I infinitely prefer the term purpose partners for describing staffers, rather than “employees”) want to know if that leader has integrity – a clearly demonstrated congruence between the leader’s stated beliefs and his or her daily behavior.
True integrity in all things and all people is demonstrated at the point of highest testing.
The occasions of greatest stress are the point in time when those who stand on a solid philosophical foundation will take ownership of the moment, rather than the moment taking ownership of them! Those situations that test the metal (integrity) of the philosophy allow Leader’s Leaders to put their true philosophy on display for all to see. When a family or a staff sees that the leader’s philosophy is genuine, one that is lived out in times of prosperity as well as moments of distress – in triumph and tragedy – then that group will want to learn more about that philosophy and share it with their families and their community. Example is to logos what action is to thought.
Example is the outward expression of the logos; it is the “stress-test” that determines the authenticity of the logos.
Next month we’ll look at the example that was set by one CEO during the most severe kind of testing.