How to Build a Great Reputation
Protect your reputation like it’s the most valuable asset you own. Because it is! A good image is priceless. Here are eight actions that you can take right now to build and defend your reputation:
Do what’s right. Values matter. Operate with integrity at all times. Period. That way, you’ll never have to look over your shoulder to see who’s watching.
Stand for something. Maintain the strength of your ideas and principles. If you don’t know what you stand for, you’re leaving it all to chance.
Be consistent. When your behavior is steady and reliable, your actions become predictable. This enables people to form an impression of you and anticipate future behavior.
Take pride in what you do. If you’re not proud of what you’re doing, either you’re not finished yet, or what you’re doing is not worthy of your best self.
Accept responsibility for your actions. If you wouldn’t be proud to see your words or actions in a headline, don’t say them or do them. If things go wrong despite your best intentions, don’t hide out. Face the music with an apology and your plan to do better.
Think before you act. Count to 10 before losing your temper, sending a flaming e-mail, or making a caustic remark — or you may live to regret it.
Be a good-reputation ambassador. Help others build and sustain their reputations by acknowledging their good works, by modeling good behaviors yourself, and by never engaging in reputation assassination.
Let your conscience be your guide. Listen to your conscience. That’s why you have one.
Your reputation is constantly evolving. Over time, the cumulative observations of your words AND actions form the basis of your reputation. And it’s not only what you do but also how others perceive your motives that often count most. Remember, while it takes significant time and effort to build a great reputation, you can destroy your standing in the blink of an eye.
Your reputation can be your best friend or worst enemy. It can open doors to marvelous opportunities or ensure that every door is slammed right in your face. What does your reputation say about you?