Reputation is something that many people go to great lengths to promote and protect. It is the substance or currency with which we like to negotiate in our business and personal lives. We can use such reputation to leverage, influence, to control or compel. It can be a powerful tool. In some cases, we rely on our reputation to define ourselves.
The question at hand is how is one’s reputation developed and created? Is it a product of our efforts to ensure that we achieve certain objectives, social positioning or advantages to promote our benefits financial or otherwise… or is it a product of something else?
Consider this, we have two ways of creating one’s reputation. One is to work on your reputation as an effort to ensure that people think in a certain way of you. In this approach, you are making an effort to focus on your reputation as the objective itself. The energy is on things that you would do to be likable, and to be considered relevant, e.g., associations of people or organizations, position, etc. in other words, focusing on resume reputation
Another way is to focus not on what you want people to think but on what you do and who you are. As we perform in our lives to the highest standards of our work, practicing a disciplined approach to our lives in self-development, committed to excellence in all we do and most important of all in pursuit virtues of high character, we create an impact in our lives and in the lives of others.
The pursuit of developing your reputation can be and in most cases is “self-serving” and the effort to develop such reputation is one that focuses on creating an image, a perception before others of an image to be admired. Whereas the pursuit of the development of character and all the associated attributes takes into account the very first objective in our lives, to be the best that we know how to be.
Here are some behaviors of character and of contribution to consider;
- Be reliable, your word is your bond
- Promote the success of others
- Under promise and over deliver
- Be consistent
- Observe integrity
- Become the change that you want to see in the world.
I invite you to ponder on what you think of your reputation and how you are going about to promote it. It starts with you, you focus on these character elements of your daily living and the rest will take care of itself.