Defining Your Integrity

Must leaders have integrity? Most people would say they do without hesitating. However, defining integrity is not black and white. Integrity is not something that is defined in a book. It’s not something that’s defined by someone else. Integrity is you deciding what’s important to you.

As a leader, how do you perceive integrity? What do you want your life to look like? How do you want to be perceived by others? You create a model of integrity based off your own opinion. It’s not how someone else thinks you should live. It’s not how your boss, your spouse, or your family or friends perceives you. It’s how you define it.

Here is one way to create the definition of your own personal integrity. Write on a piece of paper the things in your life that are negotiable. Then, write the things in your life that are non-negotiable. The things that you are not willing to compromise on, the things that you are not willing to change and the things that you are not willing to get rid of in your life. Once you can truly determine what your non-negotiables are in life, it makes it easier to identify what your integrity paradigm looks like.

So, if only you can determine your own personal definition of integrity, what traits do you think leaders must possess? Are they tangible? Can they vary? And, how does a leader’s level of integrity affect those in the organization?