Doing the Right Thing

May 12, 2021 by Lynn Faughey

I’ve been thinking lately about the concept of leaders “doing the right thing” as it relates to business and project management. It’s about considering the human element in decisions, not just project deliverables or financial outcomes. It’s about integrity being at the heart of doing business. There’s a quote by Zig Ziglar that says: “It is true that integrity alone won’t make you a leader, but without integrity, you will never be one.” I believe this to be true in leadership today. The link between integrity and trust can’t be emphasized enough. People want to work for a leader they can trust, who is honest with them and treats them with respect. You will never inspire your team to success if you haven’t earned their respect. 

The first law of leadership is that your foundation is built through integrity, character, and trust.

Brian Cagneey

A couple of years ago my team and I read the book, “Start with Why,” by Simon Sinek, about how a leader needs to be inspiring, which I think goes hand in hand with integrity and simply treating people well. When managing a project, like pieces of a puzzle, many of the parts may be different, but everything fits together in the end. Leading a team though the various phases of the project we encounter many critical components, but none more important than the people that make up our team. We are the mentor, the coach and the leader of our group and ultimately accountable for the final goals of the project being met. We are accountability partners for our team members and we are all rallying around the same objective. Our role is to keep everyone motivated and on task. In turn I hope that each team member is also part of the accountability chain, helping to motivate and encourage the other members, especially if things start to go off plan. Fostering a supportive environment where team members feel empowered to be accountability partners is a sure way of overcoming any obstacles and challenges that may arise. This is achieved with trust and honesty and making people feel that they matter. Can you imagine trying to accomplish any of this without the support and respect of your team?

Moral authority comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, treating people with respect.

Stephen Covey

With the recent FlexPro acquisition, my priority over the next 90 days will be the integration of FlexPro into Network Partners. Throughout the process I’ve been meeting many new team members that I need to build trust with. I’m tasked with making critical decisions involving people’s lives and careers while doing what’s in the best interest of the company as well. Change often brings feelings of uncertainty and I need to respect that my team members can be feeling the stress. As leaders, project managers need to be the model of integrity the rest of the team can follow. We need to set the example and not just “talk the talk”, but “walk the walk” as well. Employees who recognize that management acts with integrity and morality also believe that they will be treated well. Our leadership role encompasses so much more than just following a project plan. I value my role in building relationships, mentoring, fostering teamwork and inspiring others. 

In the end you should always do the right thing even if it’s hard.

Nicholas Sparks

From project plans to project tools, we utilize all of the resources at our disposal to succeed. However, when all is said and done, one of the biggest factors in the success of a project is the people we have on our team. They are our biggest asset and key to our success. It’s not really that hard to be honest, respectful and just simply nice. “With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt.” – Zig Ziglar

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