Does integrity matter?

Linda LaitalaAround The Table, Business, Employees, Leadership, ManagementLeave a Comment


A Roundtable member, Sarah, is growing her successful real estate business. She recently hired a new member for her team. John was intelligent, energetic, and hungry to be successful, all traits she was seeking.

But to Sarah’s dismay, she just learned that John signed up with someone else, and to make matters worse, went behind her back attempting to recruit members of her current team. She was appalled at his treachery.

Integrity demands doing the right thing in all circumstances, even if no one is watching. Integrity means being true to yourself and avoiding any action that would demean or dishonor you.

John, you flunked the integrity test BIG time.

Integrity is not tested during “normal” times, it’s when a crisis occurs or a dilemma arises, that our integrity is on the line.

Where are you on the integrity scale? Check out these red flags.

  1. It’s all about you. Selfish people harm their organizations, families, and friends.
  2. Your self-esteem rises and falls with the opinion of others. A secure leader sees the right way and leads people there through tough conditions. An insecure leader will sacrifice her values for what she sees as a win.
  3. You hide things. Are you hiding actions or omissions you’re ashamed of? If you keep such secrets, the truth will come out and you will lose the trust of those you value.
  4. You don’t do what you said you were going to do. This isn’t only about keeping promises; it’s about being trustworthy because your word is your bond.
  5. You compromise on your values. Leadership isn’t about getting everyone to like you, it’s about getting people to go where they wouldn’t go if it wasn’t for leadership. If you make too many concessions your effectiveness will be compromised.

Integrity may seem old-fashioned, but it is as relevant today as it ever has been. When crises hit (and they will), integrity gives you the ability to live and lead through difficult times.

The road is easier together,

Linda Laitala, President
Raven Performance Group

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