Yesterday we considered the words of Thomas Paine. “Character is much easier kept than recovered.”
In other words, once the toothpaste is out of the tube, there is no turning back.
Not surprising, Paine once authored a book titled “Common Sense.”
It is common sense to think that integrity is the number one trait followers want their leaders to have.
Unfortunately, many leaders fail to give personal character development the attention it demands.
I have found that character leaks over time. We let our guard down for a moment. It turns into a habit. The next thing you know there is a pattern of compromised behavior.
Let me remind you that integrity will be hard for you. But you have a choice.
You can either do the hard work to keep your character in check on the front end, with diligent self-leadership. Or you can experience the hard reality of regret if you blow your integrity.
Finances, work ethic, moral purity, family relationships, honesty, and fitness are all areas where integrity needs to be maintained.
Are the any of those areas where you have lost focus?
The slope is slippery that leads to regret. Make changes before it is too late!
Tomorrow we will look at one of the most common ways leaders loose their integrity.
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.