The Law of The Ladder – Character Growth Determines The Height of Your Personal Growth
Let’s rephrase this law to say: the character of the leader determines how far the team can go.
Everything rises and falls on leadership. People do what people see.
Those called “leaders” like to talk about vision, mission, behaviors, and values but do they live them?
- Talk about open door policy but the office door is always shut?
- Talk about listening but constantly check e-mail and smart phones when someone is talking to them?
- Talk about collaboration but then turn around and blame a different person or team for missed deadlines?
- Talk about availability and willingness to help but never in their office?
These are a few of the tests on character we face daily. The key is recognizing people notice and chat. It just takes 1 miss from us for our character to be questioned.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “What you do thunders so loudly in my ears I cannot hear what you say.”
If the leaders of an organization miss the mark on character people will start doubting their vision, values, and culture. To rephrase Emerson, it doesn’t matter how eloquent a leader is or how compelling his/her vision, if there’s no integrity between action and voice no one will follow.
This is why the character of the leader will determine how far the team can go. Once the trust on the captain of the ship is lost, the crew starts doing their own thing. And a team that rows in separate directions doesn’t get anywhere.
This is the Law of the Ladder
How do you demonstrate your values? How has that affected the people around you?