A successful leader has many traits, but which one is most important? According to Warren Buffet, without integrity, the other traits mean squat!
Ok, that may be an exaggeration, but it is necessary for success. If you wear a mask with the people you lead, if you are not genuine, eventually your true self with crack through that exterior and people will not be impressed.
We live in a world where integrity is sought more often than it is displayed. That may be why so few leaders are as successful as others.
People want to work under those with true integrity.
So, what does it take?
- Be yourself.
- Follow the same rules and guidelines you ask others to follow.
- Be positive, especially when it is hard to do so.
- Assert yourself as a leader, not a follower.
- Be honest with yourself, and your team.
- Openly communicate.
Secrets, games, breaking under the pressure, and lies will get you nowhere. It creates a toxic work environment that can kill any business.
Do you have integrity?