Mine honour is my life; both grow in one;
take honour from me and my life is done.
I have reviewed thousands of surveys of executives in the private, nonprofit and public sectors, and the #1 quality they look for in their leaders—with no close second—is … honesty. Honesty and integrity breed trust, which is the currency of leadership. When you build “Trust Accounts” with others by committing to what you can deliver and then delivering on what you commit, you earn this currency. When you give your word to someone and then don’t deliver, you withdraw currency from this Trust Account.
Which key Trust Accounts do you need to deposit into this week? How will you get started?
Did you experience a moment in your life that taught you the importance of integrity? Tell us about it in the comments.
Anthony Silard is the president of The Global Leadership Institute and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday each week in your inbox and a free copy of Anthony's new audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).