Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Leaders Rarely Expected To Tell the Truth
I was thinking about a blog topic for today and an idea came to my mind based on something I read yesterday. Yesterday I ran across a question someone asked where they were looking for traits others appreciated in a leader.
There must have been 15 or so comments in place by the time I found the article. I read through each comment and found a variety of creative answers. What I didn't find was the trait of high integrity.
Over the past 22.5 years that I've been in the recruiting business, I've observed many changes in human behavior in the business environment and the acceptance level of these changes. One change that I can't accept is the decline of integrity in business the United States.
Since most of my work is done with security, risk management, compliance and privacy professionals, I guess maybe I'm more sensitive to the topic of integrity than the average person. If you can't trust your Chief Security Officer or your Chief Information Security Officer or your Chief Compliance Officer or your Chief Privacy Officer to be honest, who can you trust in the business environment.
Successful Leadership Traits
The most successful leaders I've been fortunate to work with and to place have always demonstrated high levels of integrity. When a choice faces these leaders I've come to know well, they always strive to make the right decision. The decision that lines up with what is right versus what is wrong.
The article I found today in a Recruiter.com blog suggests that research shows that leaders are rarely expected to be truthful. That may be the case but it isn't the case in my world.
I contend that a leader who operates with a low level of personal integrity isn't a leader at all. What do you think?
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