Much has been written about the importance of integrity from the time of the ancient greek philosophers to modern day leaders. In exploring the topic over the weekend, I found the following three quotes enlightening.
“Allow yourself to think only those thoughts that match your principles and can bear the bright light of day. Day by day, your choices, your thoughts, your actions fashion the person you become. Your integrity determines your destiny.” –Heraclitus
“Dependability, integrity, the characteristic of never knowingly doing anything wrong, that you would never cheat anyone, that you would give everybody a fair deal. Character is a sort of an all-inclusive thing. If a man has character, everyone has confidence in him.” –Omar Nelson Bradley
“There is no such thing as a minor lapse of integrity” –Tom Peters
Which quote speaks to you? Do you agree that your integrity determines your destiny? Or that there is no such thing as a minor lapse of integrity?
When you think about your own leadership, how have you developed integrity? Are there leaders whose integrity you admire? What specifically do they do, that tells you they have high integrity?