There is no time like the present to launch a blog about leading with integrity.  It’s a subject that has certainly been front-and-center in our lives lately.

The whole world watched as the US endured a Presidential campaign that demonstrated just how ugly people can get.  The character of the candidates was a key question for most voters.  And now that the election is over, a whole new set of worries are surfacing.  Can we trust our new President?  Do we have confidence that he has the best interests of the country in mind?  Will he surround himself with advisors who will offer good guidance…and do we think our leader will listen?

These are not just critical conversations for the White House and the future of the US government.  They are central to every organization, no matter the sector or country.  Hence this blog.

The basic principle is simple.  Leaders have a huge influence on the behavior of the people they lead.  But encouraging integrity doesn’t just happen.  It takes effort.  In the days ahead I will be writing about the specific things that leaders and managers can do to drive integrity in an organization.  If you are reading this and you have at least one person who works at your direction, this blog is for you.

Perhaps most importantly, you don’t have to be perfect to make a positive difference.  Just commit to the effort.