Steer clear of integrity ‘traps’
As leaders, we must operate at the highest level of integrity. If we donÃ¢ÂÂt, we risk damaging not only our own reputations but those of our employees and organizations.
Ã¢ÂÂEvery leader has the responsibility to hone his or her integrity,Ã¢ÂÂ writes emotional intelligence expert Travis Bradberry in a recent Inc.com post. His article explains several Ã¢ÂÂintegrity trapsÃ¢ÂÂ that can Ã¢ÂÂcatch well-meaning leaders off guard.Ã¢ÂÂ Such traps include:
- Fostering a cult of personality. ItÃ¢ÂÂs easy to get caught up in your own point of view as the organizationÃ¢ÂÂs leader. We canÃ¢ÂÂt forget that we are in a leadership position to serve others, not just to have things our way.
- Dodging accountability. Ã¢ÂÂThe very best leaders take the blame but share the credit,Ã¢ÂÂ Bradberry writes.
- Lacking self-awareness. This comes down to emotional intelligence, Bradberry writes, and the importance of trying to see ourselves as others see us.
- Forgetting that communication is a two-way street. Leaders that only communicate in one direction, or those that donÃ¢ÂÂt set goals or provide context for the tasks they ask others to do, are not very good communicators.
- Micromanaging. Ã¢ÂÂAn important part of a leaderÃ¢ÂÂs integrity rests in giving people the freedom to do their jobs,Ã¢ÂÂ Bradberry explains.
Bradberry mentions a couple other Ã¢ÂÂtrapsÃ¢ÂÂ here.
The items on this list, while damaging, are all fixable. We just need to be aware of these traps and learn how to avoid them. Any others Ã¢ÂÂtrapsÃ¢ÂÂ youÃ¢ÂÂve noticed that can call into question a leaderÃ¢ÂÂs integrity? Follow me on Twitter (@BDanBerger).