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5 Critical Qualities for Integrity-Based Leadership Success

Lose your credibility and you might spend a lifetime trying to regain even a modest portion of what you lost.  Can leaders who have a lapse in judgment learn how to be honorable in their actions again?  Yes, of course they can.  Will the public sector or private enterprise allow them this mistake?   Probably not.   With this in mind, it becomes even more important that we don’t lose credibility in the first place.

Here are the 5 basic qualities that will help ensure your leadership integrity:

  1. Judgment
  2. Integrity
  3. Character
  4. Courage
  5. Tenacity

A good leader must be willing to stand for the “right” thing.  Not the easy route, but the route that will withstand the tests of time.  There comes a time in almost every leader’s life when they will be called upon to stick with integrity and ethical thinking even — or especially– when it goes against the mainstream.

To restate the 5 qualities with even more intention…

  1. The judgment to know the right thing to do.
  2. The integrity to do it.
  3. The character to stand up to those who don’t.
  4. The courage to stop those who won’t.
  5. The tenacity to keep doing it.

How does your credibility stack up?   Will it hold up over time?

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Judy W Bell

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