In my travels promoting and doing keynotes for my No-Compromise Leadership book, the one comment I hear most from attendees is, “This book was definitely written about me.” They’re referring to Part One of the book where I identify the cost of compromise and what it really takes to become a no-compromise leader. I’m also amazed at how quickly “no compromise” becomes part of a leader’s vocabulary. It’s like listening to my speech, reading the book and using “no compromise” as punctuation is all that’s needed. It would be nice if the transition to no compromise were so easy. It’s not.
Going no compromise will no doubt be the most significant personal change a leader can make in his or her leadership thinking and behavior. Why? The answer is simple: no compromise requires a leader to break through all of the emotional blockages that impede personal and business growth. It establishes the highest standards of performance and execution supported by a solid foundation of integrity and trust. Procrastination and blame are replaced with sense of urgency and accountability. By design, no compromise turns problems and obstacles into innovative solutions and growth opportunities.
If you’re serious about going no compromise, consider the following commitments that no compromise requires:
- I will get it done: Procrastinating is pure compromise. If you’re committed to going no compromise, you’re committing to getting things done. No compromise.
- I will be accountable: Accountability is the essence of trust. Delivering results, fulfilling commitments and demonstrating, through your actions and deeds, that you can be counted on by those you serve and lead. No compromise.
- I will not avoid the tough stuff: Sooner or later, every business encounters rough waters. As leader, you must engage and make the tough decisions that ensure the integrity of the company you lead. No compromise.
- I will not be dictatorial and inflexible: Going no compromise means leading with purpose and compassion – not heavy-handed tactics. Lead with passion and resolve. No compromise.
- I will nurture and protect my company’s culture: The ultimate responsibility of the no-compromise leader is to create, maintain and protect the company’s culture. It’s the culture that attracts and keeps the best talent. It’s the culture that builds customer loyalty. Never allow contamination to infect the culture. No compromise.
Strive to live these five little bullet points and you will see a transformation not only in yourself, but the company you lead. Just remember, once you commit to them, no compromise means there’s no going back.
If you want to learn more about how you can transition to a no-compromise leader, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Neil Ducoff, Strategies founder & CEO, and author of No-Compromise Leadership