I was watching a rerun of an old “This Old House” episode. I love watching this show and seeing how wonderfully the team works together and how they solve problems.
In this episode they were redoing and older house with a rock foundation. The scene I found most interesting was dealing with replacing part of the foundation to make sure it could carry the structure. With the addition to the house it was feared that the current foundation would simply give way.
I am often asked about the main foundation of leadership; what is most important? There can be a lot of reasonable answers but to me it all starts with integrity and its by-product credibility. Simply put. The leader must be trustworthy.
A person with credibility is a leader, for they have conquered the most important first step – to lead themselves.
Integrity is the essential element that makes a person credible. When a person has integrity they can lead themselves and thus have the credibility with others to be followed.
If a person wants to be able to effectively live their own life they must have integrity. That quality will be seen and observed by others and they will be willing to follow a leader they find credible.
Integrity is the foundation of self-leadership; credibility results and is the foundation that others will trust and follow.
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