Dale Carnegie always had a powerful yet simple way to explain business and relationships. His insight, taught through his dynamic Dale Carnegie Principles and understanding of organizational behavior, sales and leadership are especially important as we head into 2014 and a brand New Year. His vision of integrity and leadership are so aligned and make so much common sense, that we often take his principles for granted. Many professionals know these valuable tenets work and we all are better employees and leaders because of it.
As we open up our inbox or Google the daily news here in Edmonton, we are seeing an ever increasing amount of articles that focus on integrity issues. It might be a college sports story or maybe one that involves business or politics here in Canada. In reference to what has recently happened in one of our Canadian cities, it is quickly transparent to all of us when a leader is caught with questionable morals and total disregard to integrity.
Leadership and integrity must go together every single moment, every single day. If our leaders have integrity and honesty, it will reflect on the employees and the people.
Leaders need to adhere to the following four guidelines:
- Always tell the truth no matter what
- Follow through on every promise
- Choose to do right rather than wrong
- Stick to principles
We all know that leaders have moments of risk and uncertainty. With the focus on integrity and values, good things usually will happen in business; doing what is right in every instance is what gave Dale Carnegie Training and its work the global impact that it has today. Standing up for what is right is something that leadership must do.
Always focus on principle. It gives us the clear direction to help others.
“There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.” Dale Carnegie
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