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Leadership Integrity

“Leadership is not something that is bestowed upon you or granted to you by virtue of your title or position. Leadership is invited and can only be given by others willingly based on who you are and what you do.  It is revealed by what you inspire and what you enable.”

You make the choice every day. Are you a leader or a liar? You know your intentions but others do not. They look at our behavior and performance based on our words filtered through their lens of perceptions. Others evaluate you by a simple standard: Did we do what we said we would do.

“Too many leaders today have been obsessed with output. We’ve become slaves to quarter-to-quarter results. Stakeholder value is a long-term notion, and we need to treat it that way. Respect and integrity do not need spin doctors.”

The leader who balances corporate competition, legal compliance, and moral responsibility imposes upon itself a fuller agenda than the leader concerned only with profitability and legality.

Integrity includes

  1. clarity (clear of values, beliefs, and priorities)
  2. constancy (faithfulness, fidelity, stableness, steadfast, and unwavering)
  3. consistency (transforms beliefs into action)
  4. congruency (constancy with inside and outside)
  5. commitment (a promise and an involvement)
  6. courage (the willingness to face or deal with anything dangerous, difficult, or painful rather than avoiding it by making another choice)
  7. concern (with understanding and doing what is right; with others as well as yourself)

So to be a leader of integrity, you are accountable and responsible to consider your actions and decisions on others – ethically, morally, and physically. It means being clear, constant, and consistent in the beliefs and values for which you stand. There is congruency between internal beliefs and external actions. And there is courage to do the right thing even when it is not convenient or no one is looking.

Reference: Randy Pennington. (2009). On My Honor I Will: The Journey to Integrity-Driven Leadership. Dallas, Texas: Penland Scott Publishers


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Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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