Leading with SPINE

As leaders, we tend to balance different voices of influence both inside our minds and from outside sources. As leaders, though, it is also our duty to be able to use these influences to help us make informed decisions –while trying to ignore the unnecessary, negative voices that hold us back, and listen to our gut.

According to a recent SmartBrief article by John Baldoni, he talks about “Leading with Spine,” or in other words, maintaining a moral backbone while making decisions. One can look to famous leaders such as Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and more for examples on leading with spine.

To simplify this concept, Baldoni highlights the SPINE acronym, which includes:

  • Strength through standing up for what we believe in and acting on those beliefs;


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