Being a virtuous leader goes beyond simply having authority or power.
A virtuous leader is one who operates at a high level of standards and lives and breathes its core values.
It involves embodying qualities such as honesty, compassion, and ethical decision-making.
Not only do virtuous leaders have high standards, but they also have good morals.
For themselves as well as their company and teammates.
How do you determine if you’re a virtuous leader?
Virtuous leadership is not just about achieving success or reaching goals.
It is about leading with integrity and making ethical decisions that benefit not only yourself but also those you lead.
Here are some of the key qualities.
The ability to foster a positive and supportive work environment.
This involves creating a culture where employees feel valued, respected, and supported in their professional growth.
A positive work environment can boost morale, increase productivity, and enhance overall job satisfaction.
To foster this environment, a virtuous leader should encourage open communication, provide constructive feedback, and promote teamwork and collaboration.
They should also prioritize employee well-being and ensure that their team members have the necessary resources and support to thrive in their roles.
By understanding the importance of virtuous leadership, leaders can create a positive and supportive work environment, build trust and loyalty among team members, and ultimately achieve long-term success.
Being a virtuous leader comes from a place of sincerity.
Doing something to appease public opinion or seek profits is not virtuous and is something a lot of leaders have a hard time identifying.
It starts with identifying your moral standards.
Truly virtuous leaders act because they feel it is the right thing to do, regardless of judgements or profits.
They are virtuous because what they are doing is true to their company’s core values.
Being a virtuous leader is not just something that you do.
It is a way of thinking and being.
When you are a truly virtuous leader, you believe that success or failure is up to you, even if you work within a team or are blind-sided by unforeseen circumstances.
You own your commitment to a result before the fact, before you even take action.
Reputation is everything in a virtuous business.
Your company’s reputation is one of the most important things you can possibly have in the business world.
It is extremely important that your company, and you as its leader, have a high standard of good morals and core values.
But it is even more important that you, as a business leader, also show that virtuousness through your actions, words and deeds.
It shows responsibility.
A responsible business builds greater trust and strengthens its relationships on every level, including its consumers, employees, investors and the communities it operates in.
Ethical decision-making is a crucial aspect of virtuous leadership.
It involves considering the moral implications of your actions and making choices that align with your values and the greater good.
As a virtuous leader, you must prioritize ethical decision-making and ensure that your choices are guided by principles such as honesty, fairness, and respect for others.
By consistently making ethical decisions, you not only set a positive example for your team but also foster a culture of integrity within your organization.
This can lead to increased trust, loyalty, and overall success in the long run.
A virtuous business leader knows their company’s core values.
I would challenge you this month to be motivated by determining whether you are a virtuous leader and running a virtuous company.
Ask yourself 3 things:
- Have you identified your company’s top 3-5 core values?
- Does everyone in your company, everyone on your team, KNOW what your core values are?
- Does your behavior exhibit your core values?
Because if your team does not know and understand the company’s core values, it is hard to expect them to behave and act in that virtuous nature.
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