Want to take a guess at naming all six? A few you already know. However, a few might surprise you. Give up?
Her challenge was, and still is, that of every leader: How do I apply the things I already know (and the new things I’ve yet to learn) to effectively lead and help fulfill the organization’s mission?
Under Tami’s leadership, CLA has sustained a remarkable five-year run as a flourishing Certified Best Christian Workplace. She and her nationwide team of eight seasoned professionals aspire to these Six True Measures of Leadership. How would you rate yourself on each?
1. Lead With Integrity
“While personal integrity and excellence are neck-and-neck, I say let’s lead with integrity. Integrity is that far deeper quality on the inside of a person that reveals and confirms how he or she operates on the outside.
2. Set Clear Expectations
“It’s so central, and sometimes sorely missed by leaders who believe expectations are obvious. Each new hire and staffing change means a reset with clear expectations. Doing so lays the foundation for another true measure of leadership that naturally follows.
3. Develop Strong Trust
“Trust is the currency that measures and pays off rich meaningful working relationships. Sometimes, misguided actions and misspoken words can weaken trust between people. Even so, the true worth of trust can never be undervalued. Trust increases your ability to safely address and effectively resolve conflict.
4. Be Accountable
“The BCWI Employee Engagement Survey revealed opportunities for clearer communication on our CLA team. As a result, our team pledged to be more clear with each other about our projects and how we worked. Better ongoing communication made us accountable to ourselves, our direct reports, and each other. Plus, our mutual appreciation soared.
5. Build Commitment
“The late Zig Ziglar believed that one of the foundation stones for organizational success is loyalty. Loyalty is commitment lived out. When I want to understand what motivates the behavior of an interviewee in a potential challenging situation, I find increased capability and promise in a person who has experienced both success and failure. True commitment is forged between both potential outcomes.
6. Acknowledge Great Outcomes
“When your team celebrates a great result, acknowledge each person’s contribution of talent, skill, collaboration, and faith. To acknowledge a great achievement is to savor what I like to call ‘leadership’s secret sauce’: believing, and giving thanks for the best in each other.”
Integrity is that quality on the inside of a person that reveals and confirms how he or she operates on the outside.
Just when I thought our interview was over, Tami put the perfect punctuation mark on leadership:
- “It’s almost impossible to admit any one Christian organization is my favorite. Allow me to claim executive privilege and recognize the ministry of Joni and Friends as one of true Christian leadership. Their healthy, thriving organizational culture equates and links Christian leadership to organizational effectiveness, and increased ministry impact.
- “The sweet aroma of Christ in their workplace—both in their main office in Agoura Hills, California and around the world—convinces me that these six benchmarks of leadership are within reach of every leader that’s dedicated to fulfilling God’s distinctive organizational calling for his honor and glory.”
BCWI Employee Engagement Survey