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One Leadership Action a Day: April 7, 2023 (Reflecting on integrity)

Every military service has a version of core values. The one I served in are: Integrity first, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do. These values are driven in to people from the first day they enter their first training -- officer and enlisted.

While reading Mark Divine's book, this idea about integrity being foundational to respect resonated with me. Over decades of learning and practicing leadership, I have come to find three pieces essential to a leader's core. The Leader's Core ©️is foundational to a Leader's Heart ©️

  1. Character - who you are

  2. Core Values - what you stand for

  3. Conditions for Success - self awareness to be your best for others

Integrity, as a function of respect to yourself - are you behaving in a way that is aligned with who you are (also referred to as congruence) and integrity in how you behave with others, as a function of respecting them and creating trust.

If people can't trust you are who you say you are, they will struggle to follow your leadership.

Where and how (or does) integrity fit in to your leadership identity?

Want to think more about your values, read more here:

Mark's book is available here:

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