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7 Steps to Increase Your Integrity

  1. State your expectations clearly.
  2. Pay attention to processes and alignment
  3. Create accountability and rewards
  4. Provide the skills and tools to put principles into action
  5. Talk about integrity often
  6. Welcome bad news
  7. Don’t forget personal leadership

Leaders live in a fishbowl. Everything you do is open for analysis, interpretation, and comment. Leaders are always on. Leaders never have a day off. So, because you are human, what do you do when you mess up:

  1. Admit it and own up to it if you did it. (Don’t just say you are sorry; admit your mistake.)
  2. Act on it.  (Once you’ve admitted the mistake and apologized, do something. )
  3. Move on but don’t forget. (“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”)

“I did it.  I made a mistake. I am sorry, and I take responsibility. Here is what I will do to make it right (or How can I make it right). ”  It’s that simple.

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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