Several things have happened this year in a short amount of time:

  • Nobody was elected into the baseball hall of fame, despite people like Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro being eligible (and all of them linked to steroids).
  • Lance Armstrong finally admitted to cheating and using performance enhancing drugs.
  • Manti Te’o admitted that although he was never part of the hoax of a fake girlfriend, he did tailor the story a little to the media.

No matter what you read in newspapers, the internet or blogs, or what you heard on the television or radio, the common thread among all of these stories is integrity.

In this video blog, I preview a couple of the important findings of a white paper CCL just published called “The Irony of Integrity: A Study of Character Strengths of Leaders,” thoughts around why integrity is so important, and my hopes going forward in the future. I hope:

  • People at the tops of organizations embrace how important integrity is not just for them, but for the entire organization.
  • People start to be rewarded for the integrity they have. (For Dale Murphy and his chances of getting in to the Baseball Hall of Fame, his integrity was not enough, and it is a shame and disgrace).
  • People realize integrity is not just important for their work in organizations, but away from the office (think about the trouble a lack of integrity caused Tiger Woods, Bobby Petrino, and those in the Jerry Sandusky affair at Penn State).
Your turn: How has integrity (or a lack of it) influenced your career?  And how can we ensure that we are promoting leaders with integrity?

 

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