Developing the Leader Within You: Chapter 3
We took a week off for Thanksgiving, which means we did not make a video last week for the book. I know. Totally ridic. We shouldn’t be so lazy! But here we are now, so I think I will just quickly summarize and ask a discussion question or two.
Chapter three introduces the idea of integrity in leadership. Maxwell says, “The more credible you are, the more confidence people place in you, thereby allowing you the privilege of influencing their lives.” He then discusses seven reasons why integrity is so important.
- Integrity builds trust
- Integrity has high influence value
- Integrity facilitates high standards
- Integrity results in a solid reputation, not just an image
- Integrity means living it myself before leading others
- Integrity helps a leader be credible, not just clever
- Integrity is a hard-won achievement
In very practical terms, ask yourself these questions:
- If I talk about the importance of being on time: Am I late? Are my followers late?
- If I tell others to look at the bright side of things: Do I exhibit a positive attitude? Do my followers exhibit positive attitudes?
- I know I need to do more than just get by: Do I show excellence in my work? Do my followers show excellence in their work?
What about you? How do you think integrity impacts leadership? Be specific, particularly in terms of leading at work. Can you think of other practical ways that integrity impacts the outcome of your attempt at leadership?