Leadership and Team Building: Integrity




in. teg.ri.ty



adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.


the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished: to preserve the integrity of the empire.


a sound, unimpaired, or perfect condition: the integrity of a ship’s hull.

I took a class last summer at the University of Nevada in business ethics.  That class reinforced the value that I had developed during my 29 years spent in leadership roles.  Integrity as defined above by dictionary.com provides a summary of those values in one simple word “integrity”.

As a team builder it is crucial to adhere to moral and ethical principles.  Consistent soundness of moral character and honesty are the foundations of building a winning team.  All the discussions that I have about team building encompass my employees, customers, vendors, and even my competitors.  Integrity is one of the qualities that an organization develops by walking the walk.  Everyone that you associate with on a regular basis knows if you have it or if you don’t.  It is a waste of breath to try and tell someone you organization has integrity.  It is obvious based on actions.

Winning teams have integrity.  The states of being whole, entire, and undiminished, are qualities of winning teams.  The integration of integrity as a core value of the team is a driving force that can unite the team during challenging periods and as successes are celebrated.  Integrity promotes pride in the team. It not only helps to retain quality team members but also attracts the best of the best applicants.

Winning teams are sound.  I cannot say that they are unimpaired or in perfect condition because team members are human.  Perfection is unattainable, and unsustainable as a human.  The pursuit of perfection leads to false expectations and resentments.  Excellence is attainable and sustainable.  A team with integrity is on the path to excellence.

The team’s development of integrity begins with its leadership.  By walking the walk and leaders will promote integrity. Integrity then will become engrained in the culture of the team.  That leads to building a happy, healthy and winning team.


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