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.”