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I have a confession. I am a leadership junkie. I have been for close to 20 years. My first leadership book was a gift from a mentor in my life. I was “The 17 Indisputable laws of Teamwork” by John Maxwell. I have always been an avid learner, and that triggered a path for me that went beyond most things in my life. For the longest time I carried around a bible and some type of leadership book. Those two things shaped my life beyond where I was and where I had come from.
I was a new volunteer leader at my church, a new manager at the corporation I worked at, and I had no clue what I was doing. So I had to get good… FAST! Therein lies the trickiness of it all. Learning from books gives you knowledge, applying it gives you understanding, but only time gives you wisdom. I made lots of mistakes trying to find my leadership style. Back then, that was a thing for corporate execs. Now, in this new millennia, we understand that people lead at every level. Home, church, work, community. The greatest downfalls we see today are form people that seem to have never learned wisdom. They may have experience, and they may have knowledge, but the wisdom of leadership that most people miss is this.
INTEGRITY IS THE CURRENCY OF LEADERSHIP… whether it is politicians, teachers, philanthropists, or big names in Hollywood, the number one thing that tarnishes the influence a person has is their integrity. That is really what leadership is. Influence; Nothing more, nothing less. If you don’t have integrity, you won’t have influence. As I was developing my leadership skillset, I was also developing integrity because of my faith. The good news is that integrity can be developed to enhance your leadership.
Integrity at its base definition means “wholeness” Being the same inside and out. Most people don’t operate in integrity for several reasons. One, we are ashamed of something we have done, so we hide it. Two, we are afraid if we let people know who we really are, they will reject us. And finally, we are insecure in our ability to lead so we fake it and put on a false front. This list is by no means exhaustive, and I will be sharing more on these three things in future posts.
For now, I want to leave you with a few simple encouragements. The world needs good leadership. Great Leaders are transparent and honest with their flaws and faults, quick to apologize and make wrongs right, and have the greatest desire to take their team, community, state, country, family, or church to the next level for the good of all.
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Be the change you wish to see,