Essential Integrity Element: Valuing Others #LeadMorale #PeopleSkills

Leaders discuss integrity a great deal these days without mentioning an essential integrity element — valuing others. They are mostly focusing on the element of doing the right thing without highlighting valuing others. That’s a very big leadership mistake.

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Essential Integrity Element: Valuing Others!

When leaders define integrity as doing the right thing without the essential integrity element of valuing others, they justify detaching from those they lead. They can tell themselves that it’s OK to focus on end results (the right thing) without engaging employees and appreciating their contributions. Not valuing others is not only a strategic mistake, it reveals a leader’s lack of integrity.

  • Taking employees for granted

  • Treating them as interchangeable parts

  • Withholding information that will seriously impact their lives and their livelihood

  • Taking credit for their work

  • Blaming them when things go wrong

  • Leading with bias

  • Playing favorites and marginalizing others

  • Making everything about you not them

Leaders, read more examples of the essential integrity element — valuing others — in Leading Morale.

As leaders define integrity, there must be more in the definition than just do the right thing. Leadership is all about inspiring people. To do that you must value them, their talents, their efforts, as well as their results.

From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™

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4 Responses to “Essential Integrity Element: Valuing Others #LeadMorale #PeopleSkills”

  1. Good Evening Kate,

    This state of activities is so real in our society to wonder where they received this education, training. Today’s leaders should, above all be willing to act according to these scriptures, which you present to us.
    Unfortunately, there will be on regular base, blind and deaf leaders, which creates a great turnover of employees in all companies and it is very expensive for them. Often, companies assign a manager to a given territory or a branch, except that the head office does not see what it is doing at the moment. In the long run surely, but the damage to employees who resign, has an undeniable impact on the company and their customers. All this amounts to saying that a good leader must have good will, but above all, be helpful. God gave us two ears and one mouth. We should listen twice as much as we speak, otherwise we would have two mouths and one ear.
    Regularly, valuing the work of the members of your company is a necessity and even more of those who were present when the company was having a difficult time and that several employees found themselves in difficult working conditions.
    Honour fidelity and determination are desirable in any business. There are four keys, which I find essential for the growth and success of any business; respect, teamwork, planning and communication.

    Thanks again, Kate, for these precious teachings.

    • Kate Nasser says:

      Hi Jean,
      You speak deeply about valuing others and the message rings out with passion. I love your final statement “There are four keys, which I find essential for the growth and success of any business; respect, teamwork, planning and communication.” I echo that statement.

      Many thanks!

  2. Alli Polin says:

    I’ve worked for people who I’ve respected the quality of their work and the way they managed the “higher-ups.” A lot of them, I don’t remember their names. I’ve also worked for people who made me and my contribution feel deeply valued. I put in incredible amounts of effort because I wanted to live up to the way they saw me and what I was capable of creating. There was no “I” did this from them… it was always “We” or “Me.” Their names, I could rattle off in a heartbeat. They were truly not only leading the work effort but leading morale.

    Spot on, Kate!


    • Kate Nasser says:

      Hi Alli,
      Your story about leaders who inspired you and how you remember to this day is an echo of sentiments from most employees. It is universally true — value those you lead and they will commit to excellence!

      Many thanks,

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