Had the honor to conduct two real-time appreciate feedback sessions at Systematic, Danish premier software partner for Healthcare, Public Sector and Defense. Using business actors, the participants were forced to engage and step in to their leadership responsibilities under sometimes extreme circumstances.
During a break, I was shown the video below from the Australian Army. I’m uncertain about the background albeit it appears to be serious and originating around June 2013. The video was shared as an example of clear leadership communication, organizational values and unequivocal behavioral requirements.
In my book, the essential words of Lieutenant General David Morrison says it all:
The standard you walk past is the standard you accept
The quote underlines the O in the leadership TAO, be Observant — and react to what you see. It is true in any leadership situation, be that in the office, in the army or offshore where the “See too it duty” is a legally binding law in the Norwegian sector.
Have a look, spend three minutes on the video and then a few more as you move beyond the military setting and relate the strong message to your organization and personal leadership responsibilities.
If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.
Some ask why we spend time in leadership training, helping the participants to identify their core values. Part of the reason is summarized above. Without the strength of personal convictions — be that great visions or a simple word — decisions may become unnecessary difficult to both the individual leader and in particular to his or her followers, trying to decide on the leader’s behalf.