Ingredients of a Good Leader: Integrity

Integrity is defined as “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness”.

Davidson Head Coach Bob McKillop recently told me, “Truth is one of the casualties of our culture”. What a sad commentary of our times. Integrity is lacking. Why? Lack of church going people? Lack of the family unit? Pressure to perform? Public leaders lying and getting away with it? Pride? Greed? Maybe integrity has always been an issue in our country?

Good leaders have the ability to do the right thing even when no one is watching. It is tempting to take a short cut to get ahead, but the hard thing is doing the right thing in the face of the pressure to perform.

Why is it important for a leader to have integrity? Because it promotes the core values I emphasize of RTCP – Respect, Trust, Commitment and Positivity.

  • People respect a leader that behaves with a high level of integrity.
  • People trust a leader that will always do the right thing.
  • People will be committed to a leader they respect and trust.
  • People will be more inclined to bring positive energy to the workplace when the above values are in place.

Integrity creates a strong culture that will stand the test of time.
Look back on history at the list of people/entities that lacked integrity and how they ended up:

  • Enron Scandal
  • Bernie Madoff Ponzi Scheme
  • Subprime Mortgage Scandal of 2007
  • USC Admissions Scandal

The list goes on and on for centuries. Eventually people get caught and live in shame. Even if they don’t get caught, the question you have to ask, “Is it worth it?”

As Bob McKillop told my high school team in 1976, “It all comes out in the wash”.

Do the right thing.

Learn & Grow!

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