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Blog - Integrity in Leadership by Stella Chandler

Integrity in Leadership by Stella Chandler

Posted by Tracy Powley 08/10/12

The CIPD is calling for reform in banks. CEO, Peter Cheese comments "Today's leaders need to be self aware, have a strong moral compass, and understand that their behaviour is key to whether an organisation's values are worth more than a passing reference in the annual report or on the company intranet”.

How we echo those thoughts!

But how many times do we hear Managers and Leaders talk about “Integrity” and how they are “consistent”, “honest” and “principled?”  The words continue to roll off their tongues, into various company documents and onto their CVs!  But does their day-to-day (hour-to-hour) behaviour match these aspirations? That is the acid test.

Those who demonstrate integrity and lead from the front are those who will build trust and respect and loyalty with their teams.  For some, this comes easily, but most managers need to think about their behaviour, if they are going to be able to honestly say they are always demonstrating consistency, honesty and integrity. And perhaps more importantly, be prepared to ask their team members how they would describe them…

I wonder how often managers do stop and challenge themselves to identify examples of when they have met their claims?  Are you brave enough to do this? 

Alaina Love, a consultant writing for Bloomberg Business Week says leaders should ask themselves “3 integrity questions”…
1. Do I exhibit clarity of intent?
2. Do I operate with purity of motive?
3. Do I demonstrate integrity of action?

 

Tracy Powley
Tracy Powley

Stella Chandler and I founded Focal Point on a shared belief that a training course run in isolation doesn't work. We passionately believe there must be support both before and after the training or coaching session itself for it to make a difference. When I am not facilitating sessions with clients or looking at ways to grow the Focal Point business, you will find me in a calming yoga class...

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