influence and integrity

By March 17, 2011Leadership

Leadership has been rightly defined as influence.  Paraphrasing John Maxwell, if you think you are leading people but no one is following you, you’re just taking a walk.

Without influence, a person is not a leader.

Without integrity, a person does not have influence.

You can motivate (influence) people out of fear or guilt for only so long.  And after a while, the law of diminishing returns kicks-in and it actually becomes counter-productive.  Leaders who use fear to get things done are developing followers who will grow resentful.

Leaders with integrity know that character matters more than competency.  Ideally, a leader will have both.  But if I had to choose between a leader with high character and average competency or high competency and average character … it’s a no-brainer.  Choose otherwise and you’re setting yourself up for disappointment; or worse, disaster.