Tiger Woods has had rough few weeks. His situation should remind all leaders of a few principles. These are:
- Your “work” can not be separated from your “personal life” – No matter how good you are in your professional life, your private conduct will impact your success.
- By definition, being a leader means that others are following. And if in your personal life you behave in a way which causes others in your professional world to question you, you will probably struggle to have others follow you.
- We should be more concerned about our character and less concerned about our image. Time ultimately reveals our character – or who we really are and what we really value. Image – or what others believe us to be – will end up reflecting our character.
We are only successful, effective leaders when people decide we are worth following. We don’t have to be perfect, but we do have to be authentic.