The mental toughness of ethical leaders

In her post titled “Are you tough enough?”, Linda Henman describes what it takes to be a winner. How does this apply to ethical leaders?


We must believe in our ability and courage to make the right decision, even when it’s the hard decision.

Desire and motivation

We must want to win the right way. We look for markets that allow us to win on the merits of our products and services, following processes that don’t encourage bad behavior.

Performance-related focus

We see our ability to promote trust and integrity as a competitive advantage. Customers understand that how we do things is just as important to us as what we do.

Lifestyle-related focus

Ethical leaders behave with integrity on and off the job. We don’t flip a switch when we head to work in the morning.

A capacity to deal with competition-related pressure (external) and anxiety (internal)

In a world filled with VUCA, we understand that adaptive performance is more important than tactical performance. We recognize that we have a choice and that we labor for something greater than ourselves.

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