We know that integrity is vital for effective leadership (see sidebar). There are, however, two common misconceptions that can deceive leaders into thinking they don’t really need to pay attention to cultivating their own integrity. The first is that integrity is just about ethics—it means not cheating, lying, stealing, etc. A second misconception, related to the first, is that you’ve either got it or you don’t. You’re either a good person or you’re not. When we fully understand integrity, we can see that both of these misconceptions are wrong.
Learn more about this competency in the Integrity Job Aid.