Leadership development has always been important, but it has become a big buzz word in the wake of the economic crash we experienced in recent years. Throughout the 80’s and 90’s we seemed to lose focus on what was important and rationalized all sorts of behaviors as long as we achieved the end result.
It wasn’t a new theme for humanity. “The end’s justifies the means” cliché has been around for ages. But in the chase for the golden ring, we once again found a lot of our companies lacking true leadership.
They had people in those positions, but position doesn’t make leaders. True leaders are developed when they follow “The Four Pillars of Leadership.”
The four pillars are:
- Relationship Development
- Talents and Strengths
- Personal Development
Only when these pillars remain firm on the foundation of Foundational Core Values™ can a true leader emerge.
The real problem of leadership is the foundation on which their leadership is built. If one doesn’t know their Foundational Core Values™ and are not committed to them regardless of the outcome, their foundation may be based on things like:
- What others say is important
- Whatever is popular
- My emotions of the moment
- Whatever gets me what I want
And we wonder why there is such inconsistency in leadership within companies.
If all leadership knew what their Foundational Core Values™ were, and they were committed to them, there would be a greater level of consistency within the company because all good values integrate and meld with other good values.