You’re likely forgetting to address this vital leadership quality. | Fundamental #1
|As business consultants, our clients come to us for many things: increased productivity, more revenue, leadership skills, high-performance culture, communication training … etc. |
Rarely does a client ask us for help with their integrity, and yet that’s the consistent cornerstone required for all the above.
Without it, sustainable results simply cannot be expected.
See a reminder for that here.
Without integrity, things may seem to work for a while, but in most cases, the wheels will eventually come off … and sometimes literally.
Picture the wooden spokes of an old wagon wheel.
Those things traveled rough terrain and supported a lot of weight in their day, so they needed to be made strong. Their design typically had 12 thick spokes evenly spaced, much like the numbers on a clock.
Imagine a wagon with 4 new wheels, but one of the wheels is missing just one spoke. You could assume that wheel would serve its function for some time, but would predictably break down quicker than the others.
You just can’t expect the faulty wheel to deliver superior results consistently over time as well as the ones in integrity.
If a wagon wheel maker can save a little money by selling you 4 wheels with only 47 spokes, that may be good for the bottom line, but you’re buying yourself a future breakdown.
And furthermore, if you want to be successful and known as a true craftsman, this Forbes article on integrity guards against cutting corners.
A closing argument for integrity is this: It’s always about workability, and it’s never about morality.
As President Eisenhower said – “The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.”
We would love to hear back from you … when has integrity, or a lack thereof, recently affected your journey?
|Fundamental # 1 | Act with Integrity|
Demonstrate doing the right thing in all your actions and all your decisions, especially when no one is looking. Always tell the truth. Acknowledge and own your mistakes, clean them up and make appropriate corrections.