Integrity: An Attribute That Everyone Should Strive For

The second item in the Leadership Principles/Skills Outline was the word Integrity.

There is one term that all people should strive to have associated with their name. That term is integrity. If this isn’t a word that is familiar to you, let’s look at the textbook definition before digging into why it is so important.

According to Merriam-Webster the full definition of integrity is:

  • firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptibility
  • an unimpaired condition : soundness
  • the quality or state of being complete or undivided : completeness

Many people struggle with maintaining or even achieving personal integrity because of the default position of the human heart which tends to be very inwardly focused. When a person is inwardly focused (i.e. selfish, self-centered, lacking compassion for others, into everything for personal gain, etc.) they will constantly struggle with being able to act in a manner that falls in alignment with the aforementioned definition of integrity. For example, how can someone possess and maintain a strict moral compass when they are always focused on personal gain while constantly allowing their selfish mentality to dictate their actions? The answer is that they can’t…plain and simple. The first step down the road to possessing integrity is to learn to focus on the well-being of others while striving to do what you know to be morally correct 100% of the time. Don’t try to say that you don’t know what is right or wrong. Every human being is born with the basic ability to distinguish between right and wrong (your conscience!). A prolonged internal fight against listening to your conscience can result in a ‘seared conscience’ which will enable you to commit all kinds of unspeakable acts. Hopefully, you have not crossed into this territory. If you are truly interested in becoming a leader from any position in society (always remember leadership isn’t associated with job titles, social status, income, etc. it is the content of your character and your willingness to make an effort to help others through your selfless actions) you will have to start by analyzing the content of your character and shifting it to align with high moral standards (do what you know is right!). Strive to become known by your peers, family, etc. as a person who possesses integrity. Display your high moral standards in every situation, no matter how small or insignificant. The end result of your new set of personal standards will be an extremely fulfilling sensation knowing that you have done right by those around you. This is especially important for parents! Set the standard for excellence for your children and even more important for your spouse or significant other.

If you are struggling with adopting these principles because you have been severely wronged in your life, take this moment to reflect upon how much it hurt you…then decide to STOP it from being passed on to others; you will experience an emotional high like no other when you are acting with integrity at all times. Once it becomes integrated into who you are at your core, you will feel deep guilt when you act outside of it.

What are you waiting for?

Analyze yourself and make the necessary changes on your trek towards becoming an effective leader.

It will require strength and courage. Prepare yourself and step into this new way of life.

Are you up to the challenge?



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Why Does Leadership Matter? Are You A Leader or Just in a Leadership Position?

The first item in from the Leadership Principles/Skills Outline was the following question:

Why does leadership matter?

First of all, what is leadership? Here is an article that has 30 answers:

From my perspective, leadership has nothing to do with your job title, position, education, etc. It has everything to do with the content of your character and the condition of your heart. There are many people that call themselves leaders because they are supervisors, managers, etc. This is a common misconception that plagues many organizations. There are two important parts of leadership which are the “science” and the “art” (Hughes, Ginnett, & Curphy, 2012). The science refers to all of the technical research that has been performed in modern times that explains all of the tools that a leader needs to have in his/her toolbox. The art refers to the ability to utilize the aforementioned tools in an effective manner.

I will discuss some of these topics in future posts. For now, let’s get back to the original question:

Why does leadership matter?

Without leaders, entire nations would fail, organizations would fail (such as corporations, small businesses, churches, etc.), and families would fail. Wait a minute! These things happen every day! Everyone has an opportunity to lead others in some form or fashion. Leading doesn’t have to be conducted from the front of the line; it can be accomplished from the back of the line through selfless, humble actions. Have you ever considered this perspective? Have you ever considered that you could be a leader without acquiring a title, position, etc.? If not, it is time to re-think, re-learn, and accept this new truth. Are you a parent? If so, your position as a mother or father is a perfect opportunity to lead your children in the right direction. Note: I said lead, not dictate, control, manipulate, etc. Do not confuse these terms. An effective leader can utilize the “science” and “art” of leadership without anyone even knowing that they are being led.

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Back to School? How many times have you considered going back and completing your next level of education?

How many times have you considered going back and completing your next level of education?  GED, Associates, Bachelors, Masters, PhD…

The current job market is screaming for people with an education to go along with their skills.  There are those who desire to ‘rail’ against education for several reasons, the primary one being the cost of it.  Yes, education is expensive, but it is worth every dime.  If you are like most people, you probably don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on an education.  That is where the federal government comes into play.  If you have already decided to go back to school, then perhaps all you need is something as simple as a means to pay for it.  Click this link and apply for a Federal College Loan and proceed to apply at a properly accredited university of your choice.  There are other loan options as well.  Most banks and credit unions offer ‘education lines of credit’ to those who are interested in higher education.

Where do we go from here?  Are you a skeptic who thinks a college education isn’t worth the time or money?  If so, be sure to read future posts.  I’ll do my best to make my case which will hopefully encourage you to return to school.

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An Introduction To Leadership

Hello Everyone!

I bet you are wondering why I would select a topic such as leadership to blog about.  It happens to be a passion of mine for several reasons.  One of the major reasons is the lack of it in our present day society.  From parents failing to lead their children to our elected officials failing to lead this great nation of ours in the right direction.  There are many core parts of leadership that many people simply fail to understand and//or have never been exposed to them.  Over the next few blog sessions (as time permits), I am going to dig into several issues while educating you, the reader, about how you can effectively embrace the principles of leadership and apply them to your own personal situation…regardless of what it happens to be.

Stay tuned…

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Leadership Principles/Skills Outline: Is it complete? If not, please post a comment so I can add it! Every topic will result in another blog post.

Leadership Principles/Skills Outline

Note: these are NOT in any particular order

Note: I will probably add to this list at a later time

  • Why does it (leadership) matter?
  • Integrity
  • Hard Work
  • Ability to make decisions…sometimes on short notice…sometimes with limited information
  • Self Confidence / Health / Wellness
  • Ability to say “I don’t know”
  • Effective Time Management
  • Willingness to speak up when the time is right
  • Ability to effectively listen to others
  • Willing to take a risk when the situation calls for it
  • Willingness and Ability to accept change
  • Understanding the different personality types (Myers Briggs)
  • Understanding and accepting people from all nations, backgrounds, ethnic groups, etc.
  • Nurturing (parenting…)
  • Desire to do what is right 100% of the time
  • Ability to perform research (via the WWW – how to effectively use Google)
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