A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.
–Douglas MacArthur, American Five Start General
Does your work culture value integrity? If yes, does it conduct surveys and solicit feedback to validate their perceptions of integrity within the workplace?
We’ve worked with companies that do measure it (along with other dimensions), and sadly integrity year over year gets rated poorly.
It was felt that leadership did not exhibit the behaviors that were desired in others, and that the actions, processes, and communication (or lack of) did not support the company values and beliefs.
1. I always act with positive intent
2. I do not avoid answering questions truthfully, even when the issue is tough ex. layoffs
3. I own up to my mistakes and take steps to not repeat them
4. I am willing to say what I’m thinking, even when I’m in the minority
5. I treat others fairly and respectfully regardless of position/title
6. I lead by example
7. I always fulfill my promises/commitments
8. I’m respectful of others’ time and am always punctual
9. I call others out when the work values are not supported
10. I don’t make excuses for poor behaviors or actions displayed by myself or others
11. I address disruptive behaviors and conflict quickly and respectfully
12. I am not easily influenced by those more senior to me when things seem “off” and remain true to myself
13. I encourage collaboration for the attainment of results
14. I make an effort to build a work culture that encompasses trust
15. I give credit when and where credit is due
So, how’s your integrity gauge? Is there anything you want to work on? Would others agree with your self-assessment?
It is true that integrity alone won’t make you a leader, but without integrity, you will never be one.― Zig Ziglar