Monday, January 18th, 2016
INTEGRITY HOLDS STEAD OR IT ISN’T INTEGRITY
I want any leader who reads this to be one of integrity, which is not easy.
I’m sure you know how to hold your ground for moral principles and take whatever fallout comes IF only you could be sure of which choice holds the greatest good for the greatest number. And even that guideline can be wrong.
Integrity can be tricky.
Having integrity also means being coherent internally. You have matured and have your own moral compass that rings true over time. You can be leaned into.
People can predict your decisions. A poll would rate you as “fair”. You are not a product of marketing or schmoozing with the right people. You have your own lodestar that guides you regardless of external events. Authenticity can be mistaken for integrity which is why some crude, blunderbuss people can be refreshing in their own way. They ring true, but they are not true.
Can you take some damage to your self-interest for the good of the company?
Do you take time to check on fair hiring and firing process by coming in close as needed?
Would you be peaceful with your discussions and decisions being shared throughout the company (barring the usual insider stuff)?
Do you let pragmatism win over principle and begin to not know the difference?
Is there a leadership principle that if betrayed, would make you walk away from your job?
Do you realize when you have allowed your principles to be eroded?
What is your personal warning system that tells you to double check your integrity.
Are you the same person on stage and off stage?
Can you state your top three principles for business? Do you teach them?
Do people want to be (not do) better after you have been with them?
Have you had the relief and freedom and achievement from working with a leader of integrity? Lucky you. Do that.