Today’s Blog Post Topic: Successful Leadership Requires Integrity
Scripture: 1 Chronicles 29:17. I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there.
It is important that you train secondary leaders in your ministry or business. I am enjoying the relationship that is developing between the ministers that minister along with me. You cannot lead people that you do not love and care about. You cannot ask people to go places with you unless you are willing to go there first. You cannot ask people to trust and believe God unless you yourself demonstrate faith in action. You cannot be afraid of change. A leader who refuses to change will have an organization, business, or ministry that will become stagnant.
Peter Drucker was quoted by John Maxwell on page 44 of his book. He said: “The final judgment of effective leadership is to earn trust. Otherwise there won’t be any followers….. A leader is someone who has followers. To trust a leader, it is not necessary to agree with him. Trust is the conviction that the leader means what he says. It is a belief in something very old-fashioned called “integrity.” A leader’s actions and a leader’s professed beliefs must be congruent or at least compatible. Effective leadership-and again this is very old wisdom- is not based on being clever; it is primarily on being consistent.”
According to John Maxwell, the most important ingredient to successful leadership is integrity. He suggests in chapter four of his book, "Developing the Leader Within" that we take the "Mentor Test"
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us what we can be." When we find that person, we need to check out growth on a regular basis, asking, "Am I totally availing myself of the teaching I am receiving?" Taking shortcuts in this process will hurt both your mentor and you.
Finally, take The "Masses Test." It asks, "Am I true to my followers?" As leaders, we quickly understand that wrong decisions not only adversely affect us, but they affect those who follow us. However, making a bad decision because of wrong motives is totally different. Before reaching for the reins of leadership, we must realize that we teach what we know and reproduce what we are. Integrity is an inside job.
Advocate of modeling dependability before followers, James M. Kouzes and Berry Z. Poster report in their book, The Leadership Challenge, that followers expect four things from their leaders: honesty, competence, vision, and inspiration.
Write out what you value in life. A conviction is a belief or principle that you regularly model, one for which you would be willing to die! What are your convictions? Ask someone who knows you well what areas of your life he sees as consistent (you do what you say) and what areas he sees as inconsistent (you say but don't always live).
YOU WILL ONLY BECOME WHAT IT ARE BECOMING RIGHT NOW.