Ken Jacobs, principal of Jacobs Communications Consulting, discusses organizational goals and executive leadership with Doug Simon, President & CEO of D S Simon.
“I think it all starts with vision, its being able to lay out where the organization is going and what comes after and what comes next, you know we have that analogy where we talk about everybody being in the boat, that can only happen when the leader articulates the direction, where do we want to be in three years, where do we want to be in five.”
“People are motivated and inspired by people by leaders who articulate organizational values, it’s why we come into work every day, how do we handle work and how will we handle it when we have a moral or ethical dilemma, we need to have those values.”
“I see a big misstep in trust, if you don’t have followers you’re not a leader, if you don’t have relationships with your followers, you’re not a leader, and the key to relationships is trust. If you don’t trust people on your team, well the reality is they probably don’t trust you.”
“Acting always trumps words. If you are leading the same way consistently that will start to build trust.”
“You may be a manager, you may be an executive, you may be the boss, you may have the big corner office, but if you’re not trust then you’re not really a leader.”