Award received

I am both excited and humbled as well as happy to share MY confirmation certificate for the REX Karmaveer Global

Fellowship (#RKGF) and Karmaveer Chakra award instituted by #iCONGO in

Partnership with the #UnitedNations.

www.rexideas.com

https://www.facebook.com/Rexideas/

#RKGF celebrates #ChampionsOfChange who make a difference in our society

with their #IdeasForAction to be the change and REXChange mindsets by

walking the path less trodden. .

The award to honour individual work done by people to “be the change”

and/or walk off beat road (as innovators, entrepreneurs, filmmakers,

free thinking crusaders etc) or any field of work that inspires and

brings in Growth Mindset .

MENTAL HEALTH – DEPRESSION

What does depression look like?

On the surface it can seem not to be there, the person can appear to be happy. One can appear happy on the outside when the opposite is true. One can sometimes hide it quite well for a time however in the end it does show outwardly and then you start to withdraw from social engagements and mixing as much with your work colleagues after hours.

Depression can also appear sad or something in between.

Depression doesn’t have a face or image you can always recognise or share with everyone. Sometimes you seem quite normal yet really you are struggling on the inside with your emotions and how you are thinking. It can be easy to let this get you even further down. It is important to realise that depression can affect anyone at any time.

If you realise that you can do something about then do so. I have no mental health expert however I only know from my own experience that by reaching out for support you begin to see the light and can start to get better. It takes time and one day at a time you slowly move forwards getting a bit better each day and back to stablility and some sense of normality.

Talk to a friend or counseller or local GP or contact lifeline or beyond blue. This is the only to deal with it and manage it. If you get help then you can get on with your life and live a good life where your depression is managed and dealt with in the appropriate manner. I only can speak from my experience this year of it and know that it can come back anytime so I always have to be aware of this. Self-aware of myself, my surroundings and who I surround myself with.

LEADERSHIP – INTEGRITY

Do you have integrity as a leader and in your dealings with others?

As a person who aspires to be a great leader it is important that you have integrity as a leader otherwise people will not trust you or believe in you. If you want to be able to have influence in the community and in business then you need to demonstrate that you have integrity. If you don’t have integrity then eventually you will come unstuck and lose not clients but friends and family as well.

If you look at the meaning of integrity it means to have “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles that you refuse to change” (Reference: 1). It takes courage and inner strength to stand firm to your convictions refusing to be swayed by the masses. If you are able to withstand any pressure to change then you have of one of the keys to becoming a great leader.

From day one as a leader deciding to have integrity and making an oath to yourself that you will act with integrity in everything you do will stand you in good stead. It can be hard to be someone or a leadership of an organisation that is willing to do this. Organisations like “American Express list of core values says: We uphold the highest standards of integrity in all our actions.” (Reference: 2). This is a bold statement to make and have as part of its core values however it demonstrates their commitment to integrity. How many people or organisations do you know that would willingly publicise such a commitment?

If you are on the path to being a leader then you know there are many skills required and principles to abide by. Integrity is one of them and only each person can decide if they will ensure this one of their principles in life and in business. If you make the decision to not to follow the sheep being true to yourself then in the end you will be the better for it. Though this may cost you some acquaintances or even friends you will ending up winning those new clients whilst those of less or no integrity will lose clients.

So today make the choice to be a person and leader of integrity in both life and leadership.

1. Link to integrity definition:

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/integrity

2. Link to article:

Developing Leadership Qualities: Integrity and Honesty

LEADERSHIP – HONESTY

These days in leadership does honesty really matter?

Well in my opinion it does and would like to believe that most of us do as well and is not just lip service but actual truth. If we consider that honesty means “truthfulness, sincerity, or frankness, freed from deceit or fraud” (Reference: article 1) then surely this means that this should be an integral part of leadership. If we cannot be honest even with ourselves then how can we be good leaderships and incorporate this into our day-to-day decision making and how we deal with others.

There are a lot of people these days who love spin and live by it with the latest fitness fad, so much so they become consumed by their own spin and actually start to believe it. So we must always be wary of spin and not ever get to wrapped up in it or too consumed by it as leaders. We must continue to stay true to our values and be honest by not only speaking the truth but also writing the truth.

When we tell the truth we should not make it convenient for those that need to hear it. Instead we should tell it with sincerity and in a manner that they can at least understand even if they don’t agree with it. Also we should be aware of our audience and what message we are trying to convey to them. If we are not aware of our audience then they miss the point of our message or the message completely.

It is not easy being a leader and ensuring that honesty is not only one of our core values but also part of our leadership values. We don’t always get it right as leaders and we have to be the first to realise this, own this and acknowledge this. Having this ability is like a self-truth mechanism and protects from doing the wrong thing along with being self-aware in every situation we are in.

You also have to certain traits to be a good leader and become a great leader. “A person’s natural traits, in combination with how they apply these traits, behaviours, and decisions they make, make a person a great leader” (Reference: Article 2). Honesty is definitely not only a core value but also a trait that one should already have and if not adapt immediately. This can be tough at times however in the long run it is the way to go because to do otherwise will ultimately lead to distrust in our organisation or lives with other people.

Coming to a point where you are comfortable with being honest all of the time can be challenging for some however in time it comes easily. When we are in situations where we our been challenged it comes to the fore even more. Being able to understand the other person’s point of view by actively listening to what they are saying will also help you. You should be willing to take on board their point of view and incorporate when replying to them in a sincere and honest way. By doing this you may not always get your way or fully get your point across where the other person completely understands however you will at least earn the other person’s respect.

So consider today what price you will pay tomorrow if you are not honest or adopt it into your leadership as normal practice rather than an inconvenience

Link to article 1: 

https://www.changefactory.com.au/our-thinking/articles/leadership-does-honesty-matter/

Link to article 2:

https://sites.psu.edu/leaderfoundationsdobbs/2018/06/03/honesty-is-the-best-policy-an-honest-leader-is-a-great-leader/