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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

The way we behave towards each other in the workplace has a direct impact on individual wellbeing, team performance and organisational results. This belief has underpinned our work at Focal Point for over 20 years and has never been more relevant. We are privileged to work with a huge variety of organisations wanting to get workplace behaviour and culture right - and to tackle the inappropriate behaviour that may get in the way of this. Supported by our fantastic team of facilitators and coaches, we are able to make a real difference to peoples’ lives as well as organisational performance. Having worked in both large businesses at management level and in 2 start ups at director level, I am able to combine hands on experience of growing and managing teams - and the associated challenges in creating the right culture - with over 20 years in learning and development. I hold the Certificate in Training Practice and am a member of CIPD. When I am not supporting clients or developing the Focal Point business, you will find me in a calming yoga class...

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