Integrity. What does it mean? Google defines it as “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.” It is the thing you want for others. It is what you want for your family, your kids, and your grandkids. You want it for your company. There is no question about this. I’m sure if you asked businessmen and women at the top of their game, they would wholeheartedly agree. But, here’s the question every great leader must as themselves. Is integrity what I require of others but not of myself?
With others, you can see the “fruit” of their character. You can’t easily peer into their heart. But you can take a look at yours. It’s the heart that reveals true character and integrity. Sometimes because of the pressure of running a company or ministry, we can let the true pillars of leadership slide, including your integrity. Meeting expectations, meeting payroll, or expanding in new directions add to the pressure cooker. I try to hold on firmly to the truth of Proverbs 4:23. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Interesting that the writer says everything else flows from it. Be a person who wisely guards your heart. You won’t be disappointed, either will your family…or God for that matter.