According to Dr.Henry Cloud in his book, Integrity, integrity is “courage to meet the demands of reality.” Yes, integrity includes other aspects including but not limited to habitual honesty through and through and having strong moral principles.
Integrity is the quality you find in a good leader. A good leader will meet the demands of reality. Reality may be stormy seas. The leader will see how to navigate the ship to a safe harbor.
Reality may be rapid growth. The good leader sees the danger of overextending the company financially and has plans and options to make sure the financial integrity of the company and the well being of its employees is not compromised.
Leading by meeting the demands of reality allows us to lead from a position of strength, from integrity. How we lead, as Dr. Cloud points out, leaves a wake. Your wake determines three things.
- The type of influence your character has.
- Your degree of integrity
- Your ability to lead
All living things leave a wake. And the wake tells us two things:
- What the person accomplished
- How did he deal with people
And from the wake, which is the real performance and results we can tell a lot about the person. What is our wake saying about us? If we don’t like what we are seeing, we most likely need to add some integrity.
Lead with integrity and the people you lead and you will be better for the experience.