We define Integrity as the alignment of what you think, what we say and what we do such that they all tell the same story. We are constantly judged on how these three dimensions align as we interact with others. However, only two of these are visible to others and create the most common input to how others view us. In personal settings, the misalignment between these elements may create some personal conflict. As leaders, the misalignment between our words and our actions could ultimately destroy them! It is amazing to me the disconnect between what leaders say they will do and what they ultimately do without realizing the consequences of the disconnect! For example, comments suggesting a leader is committed to the mission and strategy of the organization while that same leader consistently misses on meeting goals and delivering on the promise. When it comes time to evaluate that leader’s integrity, they are given an excellent rating. How can that be? If actions do not support words, the leader is clearly out-of-integrity, a term not widely spoken yet more widely displayed. How do leaders today maintain their integrity in the complex environment that is today’s leadership environment?
When all is said and done, people want to be led well. Leading with integrity where beliefs, words and actions are in full alignment with each other means expectations are fully understood. Followers base their level of trust on how what they see aligns with what they hear from their leaders. What the organization sees and hears from its leaders ultimately sets the stage for sustainable success!
What narrative are your words and actions telling your followers?
Thanks so much for checking in! Yes it is a key issue across the board and one that I believe is taken much too lightly. Thanks again for your note.
Spot on Rick, If a leader does not have the integrity to stand on what he believes, he cannot expect his team to follow his expectations.
Thanks so much for your note. It seems so simple when you put it as you did, but yet so very difficulty in practice, and with far reaching impacts when ignored. Thanks again!