04.30.13

Leaders Are People Of Integrity  by Doug Franklin

What makes followers willing to completely trust a leader?  More often than not true trust is based on the integrity of the leader.  Leaders demonstrate integrity through their strength of character.  The effective leader must display a character worth following.

How do you measure someone’s integrity? The only way we as humans can get a fix on this is by looking at their actions.  By observing a person’s actions it is easier to tell what is important to them.

Integrity requires that you make a conscious decision to do what is right in all situations.  What you believe and think affects your actions.  But your actions reveal your heart.  Proverbs 27:19 states, “As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.”

One of the best ways to understand what integrity is all about is through the equation: Actions = Heart

People follow leaders with unquestionable integrity.  However, in any situation, when you violate your integrity, it will cost you something. As a leader, when you violate your integrity, it will cost you everything.  As a Japanese proverb warns, “The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.”

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