“Adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty”
Why do you need to have integrity as a leader?
It is claimed that leaders need integrity in order to function effectively. Integrity is seen as a positive attribute. When it is said that person “has integrity” it is a compliment, meaning honesty and strong character. Integrity derives from the Latin root “integer” meaning whole, or complete therefore combination of the two terms: leading completely (Suggs, 2007).
Do you have integrity as a leader? If you want build your own integrity try some of these tips:
- Reflect on your decisions and ask the question – have I thought about the moral aspect of my decision?
- Look at your own professionalism – are you on time, do you meet deadlines, do you pass on blame to others. Be self-critical and identify areas you can change!
- Be honest with your boss – if you can’t do something, say so – find opportunities to develop and improve.
- Set your own high standards and stick to them. Others don’t always follow positive behaviour – but many more will copy poor behaviour!
- Be honest with your team – be candid and truthful! Help your team develop through effective objectives and feedback.
- Don’t get involved in gossip and negative talk at work (or anywhere) – you will come across as negative and untrustworthy.
- Listen to people and respect their opinions! By all means disagree and discuss, but do it with open ears!
If you believe you have integrity as a leader – how do you measure it? Comments always welcome