Let’s face it, many of us like lists. They can help us get organized and stay focused. I find that there is also a downside. Lists can also enable us to “feel good” that we’ve got it, been there and done that. Whoa nellie, not so fast.
Here is a good example. Frank Bucaro wrote a nice piece in Linked2Leadership entitled “Leadership and Ethics, the Eight Great Habits” (Linked2Leadership 8/16/11)
Taken as a set of self-reflective pointers, I found it stimulating. Take this one: “How am I a better person because I am part of this organization?“.
No, I’m not talking about spieling off a trite or politically correct response as to a situational interview question. Really, am I? The answer some days might be “no” and a trend of same speaks to time for change in capital letters.
Taken as a checklist, I find the list quickly loses it’s value for me and descends into triviality. I don’t spend much time daily reviewing lists such as this one. What I do is look for challenge points that catch me.
When one does, I nab it and work it until I find my own journey as a leader has progressed over, under, through and beyond the hurdle. Then I look for the next one. If nothing catches you in this list, toss it. If it does, that might be your next diamond in the rough.
Here is the list:
Start building ethical habits by using these 8 reflection points each day: