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Integrity – why is it so difficult?

A critical leadership trait is integrity.   The word integrity comes from the Latin ‘Integritas’ which meant soundness.    Going back in history to the height of the Roman armies the story goes that the soldiers would put on their leather armor and then would strike with their fist shouting ‘Integritas’ when they did.  The sound of good solid leather was filled with integrity.   Overtime the ritual became less important and as a result the Roman Army lost their integrity (‘Integritas’) – their soundness and began to lose their battles.

Leaders in today’s world also have to be filled with sound principles, sound action, sound reasoning and morally correct reasoning.  Leaders need to be filled with integrity.   The difficult today as it was with the Roman Army maintaining integrity is difficult when forces all around the leader attempt to reduce or remove integrity.   When personal gain is at stake we too often seen leaders crumble and their integrity melt.  As Lord Acton once said, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” 

Leaders need to remain humble even as their power (assumed or otherwise) rises to ensure that their integrity is not compromised, once lost it is difficult to regain.

 

 

 

Qualities of Leadership

This will begin a series of short posts about the qualities of a leader.  Granted it is not part of a coaching model but leadership and coaching have close ties in many areas.   Jump on board and explore the qualities.

 

In 1948 General Omar Bradley defined leadership as “the art of influencing human behavior through ability to directly influence people and direct them toward a specific goal.”   What I wanted to point out in the definition is that there are similarities between coaching and leadership as defined here. 

In the world of coaching the coachee defines the path and the coach holds the coachee accountable to the goals.  Bradley’s definition of leadership is other-directed (leader to follower) and in the world of the coach it is self-directed with the coach helping to ensure integrity in the process.

Elevate your skills, elevate who you are ….

defining personal success factors

Where are the keys?

What is success?

What is personal success?  What does it mean?   How do you get it?   Where do you find it?

How long does it take to get there?

You have a key in your hand.  Behind one of many doors is your future, a future that is filled with the things your heart desires.   What your heart desires.   The key fits the lock that matches the desires of your heart. 

Finding the desire of the heart is the goal.  

Find the who in you.

Are you one that:

            Acts boldly
            Takes risks
            Acts implusively
            Seeks adventure
            Assertive and to the point
            Physical

OR

 

 

            Enjoys task and structure
            has a serious attitude
            is a helper
            Cares for body and health
            is Direct but cautious
            follows rules
            respects authority

OR

 

 

            Questions and explores ideas
            considers the ideas of other’s
            highly independent
            lives in imagination
            desires competency
            expectations are set high

OR

            Thanks others
            Integrity matters
            likes to make things better
            likes to brighten the day of others
            a team player
            clam – peacemaker – harmony

 

 

Which category fits you best?  Are you living at your best?