Leadership Integrity ?
Integrity is one of the most important values that a leader must possess. Ironically, in the older times we had a lot of good leaders and no books on leadership. Gandhi and Martin Luther King remain undisputed top names from the long list of leaders with integrity. Leadership was then a derivative of man’s character, moral values and integrity. Today, to get ahead in the rat race, often we compromise on values and are losing in essence, the very bedrock of good leadership. WorldCom, Satyam and Enron are one of many stories that illustrate how leaders have gone astray.
Many of us relate integrity with leaders’ character, value system, credibility, moral values and honesty. This is only one aspect of integrity with a restricted view of the scope of an important trait of leaders. Another and equally crucial aspect is consistent pursuit of knowledge, changing technology, global economy and other business enablers which position them as an expert of their domain. Leaders with stronger and broader knowledge base command higher respect and acceptance from their teams, backing them to drive the vision very effectively.
Lack of integrity gradually turns into loss of trust in leadership of any setup such as business, politics, sports, public administration and all those who lead us. Subsequently mistrust sets the road for failure of entire setup as integrity is a non-negotiable virtue of leaders.
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