As a leader, it is important to review your beliefs. You will be questioned on what you believe and why. Prior to getting asked these questions make a point to define the answers for yourself, so you are prepared when the questions come. Your responses will define you as a leader. If your answers are firm and strong, your followers will have confidence in you. As you show your confidence in your beliefs, your followers will also feel confident in your responses towards work related issues.
Review Your Beliefs
To define your beliefs, review your beliefs in relation to specific areas. This defining process may require deep reflection on who you are and what you stand for. Your employees will question your beliefs related to the following topics.
Although religion is sometimes a touchy issue in the workplace, it will inevitably come up from time to time. You must know where you stand and what you believe.
In the workforce it seems like there is a constant struggle between how much time you should spend working and how much time you should spend with your family. There is a healthy balance that must be reached by every person. Too much work and not enough family time leads to the disintegration of the family.
What do you believe about money? How should people spend their money? What expenditures are worthwhile and what are not? Are you risk averse? How much risk is reasonable? Who should be trusted to handle the money?
You must determine how you feel about education. If you feel education is important, should the company support employees that want to further their education? What type of educational support should the company give the employees? You must also decide how far you want to go with your education and where you want to focus.
As a leader you are going to hear many reasons why people don’t get their jobs done. You must determine when the job was not completed due to factors outside the person’s control and when the person just didn’t follow through. You also have to understand the things for which you are and are not accountable. As you do your very best on the things within your control, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
As you review your beliefs, you will grow as a leader. Once you determine your beliefs, the challenge will be aligning your life with them, so you consistently convey the same message. How do you review your beliefs? How have your beliefs helped you as a leader? Have people ever challenged your beliefs? How did you respond in that situation? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!