Walking the talk is the only way to gain true buy-in as a leader. This means that you must have the ethics and integrity to care about others and actually display that in action. Communicating your beliefs, care, and passion to others will ensure that they buy-in to you as a leader and to your vision as a leader. If you are inauthentic, then you will lose their trust. If you are dishonest, then you will lose their trust. It takes real resilience and energy to engage others, gain their confidence and trust and set them along the path you choose. Perception is a reality, if you think you have integrity, but no one on your team does, then something you are doing is not translating to the team.
The facet is measured in the following areas:
Ethics - are you firm in the belief of right and wrong?
Integrity - do you do what you say you will do?
Trust and honesty - can others trust you, and do you believe in the reliability, truth, or ability of others?
Communication skills - do you believe in open, constructive, and honest communication?
Passion and enthusiasm - do you feel and relate your emotions intensely and openly?
Energy - do you like staying busy and experience excitement?
Resilience - are you able to handle tough times and stay focused?
You are likely viewed as a trusted and respected leader, by exhibiting integrity by following through on what you say you will do. You exhibit passion and enthusiasm and have resilience in the face of adversity.
You have the potential to become a leader that inspires trust and transparency. You may be lacking some follow through and therefore your team does not always trust you, and you do not feel as resilient as you would like.
You may be viewed as an untrustworthy leader because you do not follow through on what you say or look for ways to do things that are not completely ethical. Consequently, your team does not know if they can trust you and believe you.
“Perception is reality” is the concept that how people perceive us is based on what they believe about us, i.e. usually based on what we say and how we act. This is not something you can control, you can only do the best to act as you say you will do what you say you will and also by controlling how you react in situations and to people around you.