Temptations exist everywhere in the workplace. Effective leaders know the pitfalls, adhere to higher standards and steer clear of temptations.
Temptations exist everywhere in the workplace. As the leader in your after school program, failing to avoid them can cancel out your preparation, hard work and good intentions. The key is to balance good judgment with the desire to be accepted in a group, and avoid immature and inappropriate behaviors. Effective leaders know the pitfalls, adhere to higher standards and steer clear of temptations.
How to Identify the Common Temptations
Leaders practice the art of exciting, influencing and directing people so that they will be responsive, cooperative and respectful. But, not everyone will agree with you or respond to your leadership style. Some people who work for you will question your authority. The choices and actions taken when leaders are challenged and pushed can define a career. When you are most vulnerable, avoid the following temptations:
- Anger: Always show restraint. Maintain your composure, and walk away if necessary.
- Lying: Always tell the truth, even when it hurt or is uncomfortable.
- Cheating: Never intentionally mislead, deceive or act dishonestly.
- Greed: Greed breeds enemies. Share what you know and earn with others.
- Blame: As the leader, everything is your responsibility, even the mistakes of others. Rather than laying blame, work to ensure problems do not recur.
- Gossip: Avoid the people who spread gossip. Control and dispel rumors when you can.
- Envy: Avoid jealousy during moments of low self-esteem, frustration or adversity. Focus on accomplishments rather than losses.
- Arrogance: Do not let your influence go to your head.
- Gambling: Do not take risks or chances that could place your program or its reputation in peril.
- Waste: Do not squander resources or program finances. Honor others' time.
For more lessons in leadership, check out Dr. Paul Young's book, Lead the Way.