So I was speaking with some leaders about what is most important to them in their organization.

And what was fascinating to me is that they didn’t describe the usual things…

- Leadership

- Innovation

- Emotional Intelligence

- Technical skills

And so on.

Instead and in all seriousness, they spoke with me about integrity.

Integrity is what I call, doing the right thing, always!

And I was so impressed how these leaders understood that integrity is integral to their organizational culture, and is the cornerstone to it’s ultimate success in everything else it does.

If everyone does the right thing, then the organization will do the right thing!

In the bible, we repeatedly learn the importance of following one’s moral compass.

- In Ecclesiastes (7:1), “A good name is better than fine perfume.”

- In Proverbs (22:1), “A good name is more desired than great wealth.”

And as in the photo above from a local synagogue, “A good name endures forever.”

What is new here though is that a good name and the integrity it takes to build that name for yourself is not just critical to your self development, but ultimately is really congruent and even synonymous with your organization’s success.

If unfortunately some are not doing “the right thing,” we need to know about it, so we can course correct.

What we do matters not only to ourselves, but to the larger organization and community that we live in.

Good is contagious, and it inspires more good, and this is what we want to be successful. ;-)

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Andy Blumenthal is a dynamic, award-winning leader with 30 years of experience delivering results across the public and private sectors. Views are his alone.

Andy Blumenthal is a dynamic, award-winning leader with 30 years of experience delivering results across the public and private sectors. Views are his alone.