The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.
– Bob Marley
This year I am focusing on everyday leaders. Not those who hold a formal position of authority, but those of us who, through our behaviors, have the ability to influence and inspire those around us just by being us. This is the fifth installment of articles that focus on one specific behavior that can make a huge difference in our ability to impact the lives of others.
This month I want to talk about integrity. What does integrity have to do with being an everyday leader? Everyday leaders serve as an example to others. Their attitude and approach to life are contagious. So, what does integrity look like in everyday leadership?
When you have integrity, others see authenticity in your words and actions. You become an everyday leader when those around you know and trust you. Your integrity allows you to have a positive influence on your colleagues.
Show you care:
When you have integrity, you truly care about others. Everyday leaders are not only interested in the lives of those around them, they care about them. They invest of themselves in the personal and professional growth and development of others and always offer a shoulder to lean on.
Set the example:
Your integrity sets a good example for others to follow. There are poor examples of behavior and leadership everywhere we turn. Everyday leaders break the mold of poor, selfish, and inauthentic behavior and set an example of integrity and trust.
Everyday leaders are authentic in their words and actions. They truly care about others and invest in their growth and development. They set an exceptional example for others to follow. Through the value they place on integrity, everyday leaders make an impact on the lives of those around them.
How can you start being an example of integrity today?