It’s Time for 100% Integrity
During the weekend, I took time to reflect back over 2008 and look at all the events that are shaping our current economy ills. During this reflection time I noticed something that was missing in the actions of those that contributed to the negative situation – Integrity! Or actually, the Lack of Integrity.
We need and You need to use 100% integrity as we meet the new critical issues of 2009. If you only use 90%, then what constitutes no integrity? Again, we are back to the choices that people make. And the heat of battle does not make it okay to be anything but 100% with our personal integrity.
Leaders must embrace this concept and beware of the selective ethics used by some of our non integrity based individuals. Some of the major causes of lack of integrity include: personal greed – decisions made for personal gain rather than the good of everyone; no purpose or vision – decisions are made on the fly with little or no thought about the consequences or effects on others; and bowing to external pressure – decisions based upon what external powers want rather than what you know is the right thing to do.
These are the top three reasons for poor integrity decisions made by leaders. Review the list again and make certain that you do not fall for these traps. Rather than embracing greed – embrace helping and sharing with others. Think about how you can help others as your number one mission in life.
Take time to understand your purpose in life – again helping others comes to mind as a key focal point. Plus, create a vision of what you want as a legacy. Remember that leaders who lose their integrity are remembered as losers or dishonest or some other combination of negative phrases – not the legacy another wants to leave behind in my opinion!
Finally, the third issue – bowing to external pressure. Leaders that made poor decisions have stated that they had no other choice. Bull! You always have a choices including “I quit!” There are many occasions where leaders have chosen to leave a position rather than bow to external pressures to do the wrong thing. While I hope that you don’t ever have to make that kind of choice – here is the quote I want you to remember:
if you are prepared to walk away – you are prepared to make the right choices!
Always take the high road and you will be more successful and leave the best legacy. People will remember you and keep your legacy alive due to the quality of your decisions and the high level of integrity you maintained during your tenure.
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