7 Behaviors of Personal Leadership Integrity
Leadership is in a crisis mode. Too many leaders lack the personal integrity to do the right thing. Consequently, employee distrust is rampant. According to Edelman’s Trust Barometer only 18% of people trust business leaders and 13% trust government leaders. This year there was some improvement but it’s a disaster any way you look at it.
How Would You Rate Your Integrity?
You can distinguish yourself by being different and better. It begins with with your personal integrity. This means doing what’s right, upholding strong moral principles and values. Certainly, this creates trust in others. So, what can you do to be trusted on a day to day basis with your team? Check these out:
- Do what you say you will do.
- Follow-through on your commitments.
- Communicate consistently with your team in meetings and one on one coaching sessions.
- Listen genuinely and with empathy to your team’s concerns and issues.
- Express your views openly, and likewise expect the team to do so as well.
- Handle conflict constructively.
- Tell the truth.
Do you want more employee engagement, a highly productive team, and a breakthrough in your team’s effectiveness? Lead with these integrity behaviors as the core of your actions. As a result, they will inspire your team to achieve more success. Nelson Mandela said,“As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself… Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.”
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