Leadership & Work Ethics – Final


Its really amazing how time flies. We are a couple of days to the end of Q1 2017 & by the weekend April 2017 will be here!!!

How are you doing with your 2017 goals & targets? Hope you are firing on all cylinders as you progress towards achieving it? If not, it’s still not too late to get back on track.

This will be the last post on the series “Leadership & Work Ethics“. In the previous post we looked at the first batch of work ethics & traits ( Personal Brand, Respect & Team Spirit) that I personally believe will guarantee success in the workplace & life.

Today, we will look at the concluding batch of traits.


This is the ability to keep to time. Over the years, I have trained myself in this regard, ensuring I keep to time, either in arriving for a meeting promptly or adhering to the duration of a meeting or simply meeting deadlines.

I hate the notion of lateness ( especially arriving for a meeting) & in our part of the world, there is the thing called “African Time” i.e. the general inability to keep to time, our tardiness in appointments, meetings and events.

In any office meeting that I am attending , its my general practice to be part of the first 5 to arrive either before or just on time.

Timeliness is a wonderful trait to have as proper management of time is key in your deliverable. High-fliers & goal-getters are very conscious of time & how they manage themselves within it.

Continuous Learning

The ability to learn, unlearn & re-learn is becoming more & more relevant in the work environment. In two previous posts (Modern Living & Developing a Learning Habit), I shared about how learning is becoming a life-long process. You are guaranteed to earn more if you learn more as you position yourself at the cutting edge & become very relevant.

I have a big problem with people who refuse to learn, those that still want to do things the same old way. The earth rotates & revolves, showing you that you cant be stagnant. You can learn by experience, study or by being taught. Other ways to learn is by being open-minded by observation & asking questions.

There are a lot of courses on Coursera.org that you can subscribe to & learn from to add value to yourself.


The previous trait of continuous learning actually puts you in a place to be innovative, as you are well informed, updated & at the cutting edge. Your ability to provide solutions is further enhanced in a challenging work environment as you become the go-to guy when it comes to solving problems. I have seen this in my career over the years, because I keep to deadlines & I’m constantly learning, I become a solution provider.

Sometimes I don’t have the solution at the tip of my finger, but I am totally dedicated to finding the solution no matter what. Businesses all over the world are looking for bright & innovative minds to distinguish themselves from competition & take leadership spot in their respective industries, so developing that problem solving skill is of great value.

Fail Forward

How do you handle failure? Do you capitulate or bounce back better? The ability to fail forward is another wonderful work ethic. I’ve seen a lot of people buckle under pressure in the work environment, people tend to lie, cheat or pass the buck.

You are respected more when you can stand & face the issue with a high sense of responsibility & determination to turn it around.

I was blessed to have worked in an organisation where the culture saw failure as an opportunity to learn again but with more intelligence as oppose to failure as a fatality & that gave me confidence in my dealings on projects & tasks up till now.

According to Standish Group report, “only around one-third of all projects were successfully closed as per the time and budget set, during the past one year”. There is still about two-third of projects that could have been recovered & transformed to become successful, I am sure that organisations would have benefited more if those projects were recovered & turned around.

This series was taken from the presentation I made for an N.G.O ( non-profit) HR development organisation I worked pro bono with & Its been my honour & privilege to share it with you.

Where are you on the leadership ladder? Do you have the work ethics & traits to make you successful in the workplace?

This is my snippet, I AM SHALOMESQ!!!


5 thoughts on “Leadership & Work Ethics – Final

  1. Tacit and insightful, but I have a question. An adage says, “when opportunity meets preparation, success is inevitable.” How does one handle an opportunity that one has not thoroughly prepared for? Does the person just go ahead and try it out even if it means failing? Or, does such an individual reject the opportunity in order to avoid hurting whoever is vesting such trust?


    1. Hello Melamsmogie, thanks so much for your comment. Yes the adage holds true, one thing you need to know about opportunity is that it’s like a flowing river, you can’t touch the same water twice. In the words of Richard Brandson ” If someone offers you an amazing opportunity & you are not sure you can do it, say YES – then learn how to do it” Never reject an opportunity. Go ahead grap the opportunity & make sure you don’t fail.


  2. Excellent thoughts shared by SHALOMSQ as always. It’s very important for us to keep up with best practices, time management, and continuous learning. This is a great summary of many books delivered in few pages. Thanks Brother.


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