Integrity is a leadership attribute that can't be measured, but you sure know when it’s not there.
Many people have worked for or with a leader who lacked integrity. These leaders were nice enough people to be sure, but as leaders and managers, you would never turn your back on them or trust them.
Most leaders who lack integrity justify their behavior by saying (and believing) they must behave this way to be effective.
Which translates into:
- It’s okay to talk badly about people when they’re not present.
- It’s acceptable to mislead employees because they don’t need to know the truth.
- It’s okay for them to get their share, but don’t expect them to help you (even if they are your leader).
- It’s acceptable for them to pressure you into doing or saying things that are less than truthful.
Leaders are measured by and must hold themselves to higher standards than everyone else.
Leadership is a privilege, not a right (or a license to have things your way).
The ingredients for being a great leader are pretty straightforward. They start with the foundational elements everyone should live by: honesty, integrity, and empathy. These gain you entry.
To excel as a leader, the following 3 traits make all the difference:
Authenticity, Simplicity, & Consistency.