If Integrity Is Such A Good Thing Then Why Is It So Hard To Do?

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For the past couple of blogs I have really been focused on integrity and the need to have that as the cornerstone of Transformational Leadership. I have been fairly vocal that I do not think you just get a bye or forgiveness for a lapse in integrity. It has to be the cornerstone that is not compromised in leadership and if fact you have to consciously think about all you do and say through the filter of relentless correctness before you act. I believe that to be true not just because it is the right way to think and act but I believe that to be true because those who follow you will only believe, trust and act based on the good or bad example that you set. So, if all this is true, why is so hard for leaders and other very visible people who have such influence to embrace this in their actions?

Well, I will voice my opinions on this question and then I will move on to another subject in the next blog. In my opinion, it is relatively straightforward as to why the leadership failures in integrity. For me, it is the simple act of failing to be a real person first. For you see, real people have personal problems (life is not perfect). Real people do not know all the answers. Real people many times fail as often or more often than they succeed. Real people know how to say “I do not know.” Real people accept differences in others and believe that strengthens an organization. Real leaders know that great companies come from hiring the best people, empowering them and allowing them to fail and learn. In short, far too many leaders fail on the integrity front because they use less than correct facts or actions to cover up their own insecurity in being a real leader with real problems, needs, issues and failures!

When an organization is lead by someone who embraces not having all the answers and being blatantly honest in all they do and say, that organization is headed for greatness. So, integrity is not really so hard to do if the leader embraces the values of being a real person first and foremost. The best leaders I have known were also real people who I could count on to always lead from their convictions versus just an end result.

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