Leadership and integrity requires courage to promote and act upon organizational core values in a positive way. This exhibits integrity. Integrity is adhering to a set of values for the common good.
Leadership is based on the concept of working with others to accomplish agreed upon goals for the common good. The focus is on the leader’s ability to work with, through, and together with others to get results. It envisions working with direct contributors to get desirable outcomes, uses group goals to set direction, and specifies objectives against which to determine future achievement. Most of all, it generates the energy to produce effects. Such leadership takes responsibility for moving others to actions so there are actually outcomes.
Five Qualities of Leaders with Integrity:
Northouse, P.G. (2001). Leadership: Theory and practice (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
One of the greatest challenges in organizations today is creating a culture that is both values-centered and performance-driven. Requiring both simultaneously requires skilled leadership. Integrity must run deep in the fabric of an organizations culture. It guides the everyday actions of employees and is central to business conduct.
Bill George, Former Chairman and CEO, Medtronic
Ethical behavior, which leads to leadership and integrity, has been likened to exercise.
· It is not enough to have good intent; we must act on our intentions. It is a lifelong commitment.
· As leaders, we must find the courage to act upon our values and organizational values in a positive way.
· When and where there are conflicts and dilemmas, care needs to be taken to think through the alternatives and work together for the most satisfactory solution. Learning to use simple, tried and true models can help.
"You have to be known for high
integrity – doing what you say, saying what you mean"
HP Chairman, President, & CEO Meg Whitman
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