My Predictions – #3 – Greater Focus on Integrity
McDonald’s terminates their CEO. Under Armour is under review for its financial practices. Boeing is under scrutiny for how it handled the 737 Max. Their CEO resigned last week as a result. How do we even begin to talk about our American political system?
Every day we read about integrity failures in organizational leadership. Everyday. People lose faith in organizations when their leaders misbehave – or worst yet cover up their misbehavior. I’ve labeled this the Integrity Deficit Syndrome, and it plagues transformational change.
Yet society is demanding more and more transparency and authenticity. Employees engage in more activism to promote better behavior. Reputation for integrity is a top employee engagement driver.
John Maxwell said people buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. When leaders misbehave, their credibility crumbles, and their ability to be successful disintegrates.
My prediction: The Integrity Deficit Syndrome will continue to spread for the next 3-5 years before leaders as a whole take this more seriously and work to reduce it. Ultimately, smart leaders will see that their success hinges on their ability to face questions of integrity and do the right thing. One mitigating factor is the media which historically prefers the negative over reporting leaders who lead with integrity. I know hundreds of the latter. Don’t despair.
There is hope, and it comes at a price. The hope is that our organizations will continue to successfully drive positive transformational change and do so at higher rates of speed. The price is that we must learn to close the strategy execution gap, and to do so we must always take the higher road. Always.
I think it’s worth the price.
Dedicated to your profitable transformation,
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