Are leadership standards important?

Recently I came across an article titled Proper Spelling? Its Tyme to Let Luce. In the article, Anne Trubek discusses the English language and words with multiple spellings.

She wonders if readers would care if journalists and authors misspell words. And who should have the deciding factor in proper spelling.

Anne closes the article by stating YOU should decide how to spell a word. Do not worry about standards. Worry about yourself.

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The article made me think about leadership.

Should there be guidelines for leadership? Should there be a way to gauge proper leadership? Should there be leadership standards?

The answer to the question is a resounding YES, there should be leadership standards.

Standards like:

  • Concern For Others:
    If you do not care for others, they will notice. You will not come across as authentic.

    To be effective, you need to have a desire to help others. Concerns need to be addressed and conflicts resolved. You must show them you care.

  • Integrity:
    I hit on this in my post A Question of Ethics.

    You need to have high ethical standards and personal values. They will keep you grounded and give you a map to lead by.

    Your team and followers are looking at you for moral direction. Do not lead them astray. Give them a great example to follow.

  • Personal Growth:
    If you stop growing, your leadership will become stale. You need to be a learner to propel your team forward.

    Look for new books you can read or classes that you could take. Anything to could improve your skills.

  • Self Control:
    You need to be able to control yourself. This includes areas of speech, substance abuse, and actions.

    If you are unwilling or unable to control yourself, why should anyone listen to you?

  • Team Development:
    You must encourage your team to continue their personal growth. Without it, their skills and assets will become stale.

    Give your team great materials and courses. Purchase books that may help them grow, send them to conferences, or create a retreat for your team.

When you have concern for others, integrity, personal growth, self control, and team development as standards for your leadership you are creating a firm foundation.

By having leadership standards, you will be able to examine your leadership skills and see if they are aligning to the standards. Without them, you will not know if you are leading well.

Take time today to set leadership standards for you and your team. Or feel free to use the five I have presented here.

Whatever you do, be sure to have, at a minimum, quarterly reviews of your leadership standards. Correct course if you need or continue on the correct path.

Question: Have you created leadership standards for you and your team? Should I add any to my list? Please share and discuss your answers in the comment section below.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • I’m ok with overlooking spelling mistakes here and there but choosing your own spelling? Literary anarchy! By the time I’m old enough to be in a home, my medical chart will look like this: “c’s bad. cant here. ded tmrw.” Gotta say this woman is off her rocker.

    Relativism of any sort is a dangerous slope. At the top of the hill, there’s a lot of room for grace…there are many different ways to do something right. But when you accept a slip from right to wrong, well, bad stuff ensues.

    • I agree with you Christine. She has taken it to an extreme and that is dangerous. A mistake here or there is no problem but to spell any way that you would like will create chaos.

  • I think you have hit on a topic of great concern in our nation. For the past few generations we have let our leaders slide on certain issues. It’s like they get a pass on bad judgment and corrupt morals because they are somehow entitled to it. Hollywood, Reality TV, Politicians, Sports Stars and so many other leaders today lack standards because we have allowed them to.

    Now we wonder why our children behave the way they do and why our world is engrossed with an entitlement mentality.

    Your spelling reference is a wonderful example. What’s wrong with teaching people (and expecting people) to spell correctly? It’s okay to accidentally misspell words- heck I will admit I rely on spell check- but I don’t purposely misspell words.

    It’s time we hold ourselves accountable and hold our nations leaders accountable.

    • Thanks TC. The state of our nation seems to be going down hill over the past couple of years. Your examples regarding why ring true to me.

      We have shows that promote immoral living, bad behaviors, and more. And these are the role models children have to look up to.

  • I think you have some great standards here Joe and I’ll be examing to make sure I have these standards. I like the point about self control, we have to control our emotions.

    • Thanks Kimanzi. Are there any other standards you think are valuable?

      • I think you covered it pretty well, I always think about leading by example and being a real person. It’s a great post

  • Carol Peterson

    I have recently taken on a new leadership role. The biggest challenge falls under concern for others–guiding, upholding standards while assuring they feel valued and their questions/concerns are considered.

    Thank you for this, Joe.

    • Congratulations on the new leadership role Carol.

      Lead from the heart and make sure you have a groundwork of standards. Your team will thrive when you do.

  • danblackonleadership

    The standards you mentioned are important for any leader. I do have personal standard as a leader so of them include personal growth, integrity, attitude, and my actions. I think the responsibility of a leader to set up and maintain their standards and teams standards. Great post.