I am the foundation for ethical behavior and leadership in my own personal life and within my professional life. Like many, I serve a variety of roles — personally, professionally and within the community. My personal code of ethics is there to guide and keep me accountable in serving those organizations I associate with ethically.
• Model — Model the way. As leaders, we need to be clear about our own values and philosophy. Leaders set a personal example for others by their own actions. Encouraging the heart is the concept where leaders are attentive to the needs of others and willing to give praise to others for jobs well done.
• Altruism. Altruism is about having concern for others rather than oneself. Servant leadership involves caring for people rather than controlling people. It is important that you build an environment that is a “community” where people are able to see the vision, feel empowered and well cared for.
• Transparency. Ethical leaders are open to sharing information in order to maintain their integrity as an organization and a leader. Transparency creates credibly, and credibility is the foundation for leadership. It is important that we work every day to earn confidence and trust; this is done by being transparent.
• Transformational leadership. Transformational leaders do not manipulate their followers. They allow them free choice in decision making, but model ethical behavior. Transformational leaders set out to empower followers, nurture them in change and become strong role models.
• Integrity. Leaders who possess integrity are true to themselves in every situation. They are honest in their dealings with others and do as they say. Integrity is built on your word and the trust that you build with other people.
• Authentic leadership. Authenticity has four components: being self-aware, remaining objective when receiving information, having a strong moral perspective and being the same person in each situation.
I encourage you to create your own code of ethics that applies to you and the leader within you. Your own personal code of ethics should serve you in all aspects of your life.
Upcoming Chamber events
July 11: AACC Golf Outing at Terrace Hills. Sponsorship opportunities still available.
July 18: Fireside Grille will host Music on the Plaza. Live music, food and drinks.
July 25: Chamber Member Appreciation Night at Music on the Plaza. Look for an email with details on food tickets provided by the Chamber.
Visit www.altoonachamber.org for the complete list of events.