To maintain integrity is one of the most important qualities of a leader. Once you’ve lost that, your ability to lead falters. Make sure to keep your promises, as well as communicate them honestly and effectively. A misunderstanding can lead to a loss of integrity if you appear to not live up to your word. It’s also vital to assure you can keep a commitment before making it. You want to say yes, but you must learn to say no when it’s beyond your capabilities. Set and keep productive boundaries.
Under no circumstances should you gossip. You should avoid being around others who gossip, or lack integrity in anyway. It becomes hard to maintain integrity around others who have none. When you interact with your team and your co-workers you should be real. A fake personality designed to be a “people pleaser” does not maintain integrity.
You must lead by example. Do your best work every time, but be patient with yourself. No one is perfect, that includes you and your team. You have to extend that same patience to them. Listen to their ideas and concerns; cast aside your judgement. Stay focused on the job and be consistent with how you behave and how you treat others.
If you don’t understand, ask for clarification. Make sure people are heard. Pay attention to what upsets and excites your team, recognizing triggers will help you to react in a positive way. Always give credit to others when due, you should never hoard praise.
Some final thoughts to maintain integrity: Always do what is right, even when it’s not popular. Over deliver as often as possible. Take the high road, every time. Own up to your mistakes, and fix them as quickly. This will set you apart as a person of integrity.
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