Who Are You When No One Is Looking?
To be whole as you guide your business or organization, teams and clients is imperative. Wholeness has at its core the principle of unity or one. One definition of integrity is to be unified. Therefore, a person of integrity will not have divided loyalties nor are they actors. John Maxwell, a distinguished authority on leadership, said “People of integrity do not suffer from duplicity or hypocrisy. They are single-minded in their pursuits. They are open and have nothing to hide.” His seven elements of integrity are worth a quick mention here.
- Integrity Builds Trust – Leadership is not based on one’s position in an organization, but in that person’s influence. It is not the plate on the door that gives a leader the authority to lead, but the trust of the people being led.
- Integrity Has High Influence Value – The character of the leader will decide the character of the organization. Experts now point out that integrity is the most necessary quality for business and family success.
- Integrity Facilitates High Standards – Leaders must hold themselves to a high standard. They cannot tell the followers to do as they say and not as they do. This mentality will quickly destroy credibility among staff and clients.
- Integrity Results in a Solid Reputation, Not Just an Image – As long as there is congruity between who you are internally and externally, there is no problem for the leader. A leader may be larger than life, impressive and admired for their outward appearance, but, if hollow inside, is in danger of falling in the storms of life.
- The Importance of Integrity in Leadership – Leaders are not able to lead people any further than they have been. There are no shortcuts, so developing into a strong, successful leader is a daily process that goes on day by day. Integrity is built over the long haul.
- Integrity Helps a Leader Be Credible, Not Just Clever – Cleverness relies upon tricks and gimmicks which never lasts. Clever leaders never last. History is littered with fallen leaders who relied upon their guile and not integrity. Integrity is sincere and gives no false appearance. These are leaders whose words match their actions.
- Integrity is a Hard-Won Achievement – Strength of character is not won overnight. It is a rare commodity in a world focused on instant gratification. To test one’s integrity, people must simply ask if they are true to themselves, their leaders and their followers.
The lack of integrity in a leader creates divided loyalties, hypocrisy, and ambiguity. Integrity stresses the importance of unity of the personality and wholeness of the person.
It’s a process, and we challenge you to ask the tough questions because the answers are crucial to the effectiveness of your company, organization or life success. Let us know today on Facebook or Twitter whether this blog topic helped and why. We look forward to hearing from you.