The past couple of weeks, there have been some significant leadership lessons that have emerged from the headlines.
Assume that every email written will become public.
Just imagine – as you drive into the office, your emails are being read during the top of the hour news. I am sure there are a few executives that wished they had never pushed the send on that email. (There of course are a couple of corollaries to this one – Assume the Mic is hot and that everything you say is being recorded and will end up on Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter!) – Yes, every email you have ever written is likely to come back to haunt in some form or fashion. And contrary to with the IRS has claimed – someone is sure to find them somewhere when you least expect it.
You need to be aware of not only what is communicated, but how and context. What may seem like an innocent comment may become a fire-able offense in the future.
Every interaction has the potential to have unimaginable repercussions.
The “Butterfly Effect”, you never know how a brief encounter may change the world. Thus, why not strive for positive and kind interactions? Small acts of kindness may make the biggest differences. Unfortunately, we only tend to hear about how these little acts have changed lives during this time of year. As leaders we need to strive to make these part of everyday life.
It is OK to admit that you are wrong.
– The key is to make the change to make amends and improve. –
As leaders, it is our job to model behaviors that will improve the overall situation. Leaders need to model the culture that we want, whether that be at home, school, the workplace or society. As leaders, we need to take responsibility. But, we also need to strive to improve.
Leaders should not incite negative behaviors. Leaders should highlight positive actions. Our actions are lenses to our values. You do not correct a wrong by committing more wrongs – under the guise of “demonstrations” or “public discourse.” It is important to address the wrongs – but focus on the root causes. Maybe – just maybe – if we all follow the second bullet point, the means of making amends and improvement will happen naturally.