(Aaron’s Note: My partners and I invited XANGO Premier Maggie Gale to address a gathering of Premiers at our recent regional event in Las Vegas. Her message was so timely and so well delivered that I’ve invited Maggie to adapt it for my blog. In fact, she is writing two guest posts. Here the second. Thanks, Maggie!)
I love the fact that, in XANGO, we truly work toward empowering and partnering with our teams: We mentor, lead and coach. We bond over commonalities, and we celebrate our differences. Our eyes are always on our common goal, which is based on a foundation of shared values.
A unified voice on values is critical here! There is plenty of research to confirm that organizations—like XANGO—that have a strong corporate culture based on shared values regularly outperform other entities by huge margins. Our XANGO Founders obviously know their stuff!
Success in business, as well as success in life, is centered on how well we work and play together. Shared values are the foundation of those relationships. In keeping with that philosophy I want you to know that we have an amazing leadership team in XANGO Canada, led by Grace & Bob Dyck, that does this amazingly well (if I say so myself!).
We help team members understand the importance of participating in all types of XANGO events—but most importantly, we work to remind each other of the value and necessity of having family, work and personal balance in our lives.
I encourage us all to reinforce within our teams the critical importance of authentic leadership qualities that reflect the core values of XANGO.
We all know that the first place to look for leadership is always within ourselves. Our commission checks have only our names on them, so it’s critical to be consistent in our efforts, to lead wisely—and to lead with heart.
In the end, true leadership is not an affair of the head; it’s an affair of the heart. Meeting the challenges of leadership isn’t always easy for the best of us—not even for Gary Hollister.
Countless books have been written on the subject, and it has been well documented that what people look for most in a leader has been a constant for centuries. Starting with Aristotle’s Rhetoric and moving forward through time to cross-cultural comparisons of admired leaders, integrity is the number-one attribute.
This begs some questions that I want to leave us with: Do we practice what we preach? Are our actions consistent with our words? Do we “walk the walk”?
In today’s complex world we need leaders with integrity. XANGO needs leaders with integrity. We really do represent the best of XANGO!
So, in leading and in building your teams begin with shared values. Be sure you live those values and express them as a standard. Rely on those shared values as a guide to recruitment. That North Star will surely lead you to the new leaders who will help you set an even higher standard.