Over the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to attend a few weddings, and I wanted to pass along my thoughts on this sacred act of commitment.

I sat in a field listening to the lovely sounds coming from a good friend singing a lovely melody, watching as the groom waited for his bride to walk eloquently down the grass isle. As I sat there, I could not help but wonder if they both realized the level of commitment they were getting ready to make.

The fact that they were going to be equally confined to a relationship for the rest of their lives. The idea of never being able to say “this is just not working out”, or “your morning breath should be considered a deadly weapon, controlled by our national security.”This is forever!

I know what you are thinking; there is always divorce. But while our society recognizes the way out, that is not the way this commitment was originally designed. It was forever.

That led me to thinking about commitment and the foundations of leadership. You see; a leader needs to have a commitment to the team and to the vision. Through sickness and in health. For richer and for poorer. If there is no commitment from the leader, the team recognizes it pretty fast. And if the leader is not committed, why should the team commit?

If a leader expects the team to be successful, they have to lead by example. The best motivation is seeing the leader down in the trenches working alongside the team, showing that hard work is being done on every level. By showing commitment, the leader will not only earn the respect of the team but will also instill that same hardworking energy.

It is important to show your commitment not only to the work at hand, but also to your promises and your word. If you pledged to do something, keep your word. You want to create a reputation for not just working hard, but also to be known as a fair and honest leader.

This week’s experiment; are you committed to the vision? The team? Your word?

Do you (insert your name here) promise to be committed from this day forward?