I have blogged about this before, but I wanted to put a small twist on it. Within your office and your regional business community, as a leader, not only is everyone watching what you do and say, they are also telling their colleagues. Count on it.
Good, Bad, or Indifferent. Your reputation is out there. It may go viral on social media and it may come back to you locally due to your online brand, but never forget that what you do and what you say is seen and repeated every day in the office. The question can then be asked, should you care?
Of course you should care, but how to concern yourself with the goings on of others without it paralyzing your true nature and muting your true value? For me, it is a delicate balance between keeping a healthy respect for the title of this blog while acting and looking the part at all times. That’s where the over analysis ends.
I know everyone is watching and telling their friends. I can’t change that. What I can do is walk the walk every minute of every day. What you see is what you get and I care what you get. If you are honest in your presentation, fair in your statements and judgments people will respect that. Outliers be damned. So make sure you can look yourself square in the eye every morning and every night and know that you were honest and did your best.
Bring your “A” game every day. Period. People are going to say what they are going to say.