This week’s post comes from Jack Woelber.
November 6, 2014
Remember when you were in high school and people would talk about the class above of you or the class below you? They might say things like “wow, that’s a really rowdy class,” or “that class is really competitive” or something along those lines. It seemed as though each class had a personality of its own. How did those classes get labeled as such?
In an article written by Joseph L Badaracco Jr. entitled “The Discipline of Building Character,” he suggests the actions or path one takes over the course of time makes up one’s character.
I’d like to suggest the high school class ahead of you that had that “personality” was not the character of the class but instead the character of the kids in the class who had influence. The actions and path the leaders in the class took made up the personality of the class.
As leaders in an organization, it is no different. The actions and paths of those who have influence make up the character or personality of the organization. Take Enron for example. I’m guessing something comes to mind as you think about that company’s character. The same holds true for Apple, GE, or any other well-known company.
As a leader at Interstates (I’d like to remind you of Doug Post’s last blog postthat you don’t need people reporting to you to be a leader), the actions or path you take over time makes up not only your character, but also influences the character of your team and the company. What do you suppose our clients and vendors would say about our class? Hopefully those speaking of our class would say we are dependable, have integrity, are trustworthy, produce quality, and value family.
My challenge for all of us is to use our influence to lead the Interstates way.
Continue Leading the Interstates Way!