What do we mean when we say that someone is good? Good is often confused with competency. But it is really a character issue. You can be good at your job but doing good is a character issue. Doing good is not just not being bad but intentionally creating more good in the workplace and especially in others.

Then begins a discussion by trying to define good ands to build a framework and language to talk about what good is. Good people are defined as “those committed to continuously cultivating the values that help them and others become the fullest possible versions of who they are.

The concept of goodness is based on 3 CORNERSTONE VALUES:

  • Truth: a mindset of humility that makes you teachable. Self-awareness and integrity between you thoughts and actions based on that self-awareness.
  • Compassion: an open, mind that without bias allows you to understand the actions of others. To practice empathy and act on that empathy with a generous spirit that gives people what they need.
  • Wholeness: Involves gratitude for the people around you that leads to on ongoing concern for others. Caring and nurturing the growth of others. Having the respect to fulfill your obligations to yourself and others and acting with a degree of wisdom.

As leaders this is easier said than done. Daily we face tensions that have to be managed as we try to implement our ideals real. There are 5 CORE TENSIONS:

1) Pragmatism versus Idealism:
Our ambitious goals versus reality. Neither one is good or bad. They are a productive tension.
“Purpose and vision should be grounded in a set of enduring and relatable values, or immutable truths, that can guide us through dilemmas and difficulties”.

2) Short-termism versus Long-termism:
We have a great ability to think long term but we are biased to act short term. Character is a long-term investment.

3) Vulnerability versus Conviction:
“If we are strong enough to take on our vulnerability, it can fuel the conviction of our purpose”.

4) Idiosyncrasy versus Connectedness:
Just weird enough but still connected.

5) Determination versus Acceptance:
“Resolving the tension between grit and acceptance requires a strong and clear sense of purpose, and a strategic philosophy that embraces a willingness to sense and respond to new information”.

What can we do?

Good people do 5 things:

Good people put people first in their decision making. What does this do to my people?

Good people grow by continually seeking to improve themselves and help others to become fuller versions of themselves.

While good people value competency, they place a premium on character and values. They commit beyond competency to character and values of truth, compassion, and wholeness.

Good people are realists and find the balance between competing priorities and tensions. Learn to balance the tensions that exist in leadership.

Good people aren’t situational but seek to do good at all times. Don’t just practice goodness to avoid badness.

These five things are the Good People Mantra. They are five promises. As leaders we need to break from our role as leader to follower and relate to others human to human. Goodness comes from building it in yourself and inspiring it in others.

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