7 Reasons Why Integrity As A Leader Is So Important
In this post, you will learn 7 reasons why integrity is so important to leadership. The dictionary defines integrity as “the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished”. When I have integrity, my words and my deeds match up. I am who I am, no matter where I am or who I am with. Sadly, integrity is a vanishing commodity today. Personal standards are crumbling in a world that has taken to hot pursuit of personal pleasure and shortcuts to success.
A person with integrity does not have divided loyalties, nor is he or she merely pretending. People with integrity are “whole” people. People with integrity have nothing to hide and nothing to fear. Their lives are open books.
Integrity is not what we do so much as who we are. And who we are, in turn, determines what we do. Our system of values is so much a part of us and we cannot separate it from ourselves. It becomes the navigating system that guides us. It establishes priorities in our lives and judges what we will accept or reject.
We are all faced with conflicting desires. No one, no matter how “spiritual”, can avoid this battle. Integrity is the factor that determines which one will prevail. We struggle daily with situations that demand decisions between what we want to do and what we ought to do. Integrity establishes the ground rules for resolving these tensions. It determines who we are and how we will respond before the conflict even appears. Integrity welds what we say, think, and do into a whole person so that permission is never granted for one of these to be out of sync.
Integrity binds our person together and fosters a spirit of contentment within us. It will not allow our lips to violate our hearts. When integrity is the referee, we will be consistent; our beliefs will be mirrored by our conduct. There will be no discrepancy between what we appear to be and what our family knows we are, whether in times of prosperity or adversity. Integrity allows us to predetermine what we will be regardless of circumstances, persons involved, or the places of our testing.
To earn trust a leader has to be authentic.
For that to happen, one must come across as a good musical composition does – the words and the music must match.
In your network marketing business, the more credible you are the more confidence people place in you, thereby allowing you the privilege of influencing their lives. The less credible you are, the less confidence people place in you and the more quickly you lose your position of influence.
Here are 7 reasons why integrity is so important:
1. Integrity builds trust.
2. Integrity has high influence value.
3. Integrity facilitates high standards.
4. Integrity results in a solid reputation, not just image.
5. Integrity means living it myself before leading others.
6. Inetegrity helps a leader be credible, not just clever.
7. Integrity is a hard-won achievement.
Ask someone who knows you well what areas of your life they see as consistent (you do what you say) and what areas they see as inconsistent (you say but don’t always live). I want you to know this: though you cannot go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new end.
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