Monday, February 2, 2015

Rules and Tools for Leaders - From my mentor Maj Gen Perry M. Smith, PhD

Chapter 3 - Setting Standards

Personal and Institutional Integrity

Integrity is not something that can be put on and taken off as we go to and from work.  People whose character is weak while outside of the job do not have the character required to be leaders.  For instance, an individual who engages in ... adultery..., cheats on tax forms or even cheats at golf is also likely to violate standards of institutional integrity at work.  When such a person is placed in a leadership position, the final result is often either short-term or long-term failure; when at the top, he or she will do serious damage to the organization or institution.


My kids' Mom said...

At least the Air Force leadership has it right!

Thank God.

Perhaps this is something they can share with the IW admirals?

Because it is a very, very serious issue and that should not be brushed underneath the carpet.

Kind regards,


Anonymous said...

Start with this:
What can we all take away from this story to help improve our own ability to make morally courageous choices? Begin here:

When you aren’t afraid to stand your ground and fight for what your conscience tells you is right, you gain conviction.

When you clearly communicate your values and expectations to those in your organization, you gain commitment.

When your positive example influences others to re-examine and challenge questionable practices, you gain credibility.