Monday, September 13, 2010

Integrity & Good Leadership

….For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. MATTHEW 12:34

Integrity is aligning your words, actions, habits and belief.

Integrity in leadership is not only topical but agreed to be one of its most basic tenets. In the above definition, there is integration of belief systems with words, actions and habits.

My leadership integrity requires that my belief, intention and value systems are all the same and can be used interchangeably. Together with individual actions and habits or priorities, this is my integrity.

The interpretation of our words and actions by those who follow or observe us will be based on what they understand to be our beliefs, even before they assess our truth or competence.

How much a leader invests in improving his/her effectiveness as a leader can be seen as actions and habits being aligned with belief. If a leader believes that improving his/her effectiveness is important, then he/she will do what is necessary to improve effectiveness by seeking feedback, committing to accountability, training, introspection, etc. It is faith with works. This too is integrity.

Good leadership is enabling others to attain their God ordained purpose.

It is important to note that integrity alone is insufficient for good leadership for if our beliefs, intentions, and value systems do not desire good, then our words, actions and habits will not be good.

Given the relationship between beliefs, words, actions and habits; whom we choose to emulate will immediately impact our leadership integrity and whether or not we will succeed at good leadership.

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Wisdom & Integrity

Wisdom is sometimes disguised, however integrity can be immediately discerned.

Integrity is aligning your words, actions, habits and belief.

Matthew 6: 24 tells us that we can't serve multiple beliefs. “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

Truth or temporary silence are the only options for those with integrity. Altering the message or giving a different message are not actions consistent with integrity. That is political correctness. In other words - serving mammon. 

Silence is appropriate representation of integrity when the truth has been revealed and rejected or when the revelation of truth is imminent.

Notable examples are:
  1. Jesus before Pontius Pilate Matthew 27: 11 - 14
  2. Esther Before Approaching The King. Esther 4: 6 - 16

What Do You Think?

Following his acts of disobedience, Jonah showed integrity when he confessed his identity to the ship's captain knowing he would be thrown overboard. Jonah 1: 5 - 12. (Agree or Disagree?)

Integrity and political correctness are opposite forces. (Agree or Disagree?) for a quick read of the quoted scriptures.