The Importance Of Integrity And Leadership

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The Week Five course materials address the various components of integrity and how it sets the foundation of the leader’s life. In our class lecture we learned that “personal integrity is where it starts” and “this is what we build all our leadership on” (Woodson, The Integrity of the Leader). Integrity is the “quality or condition of being whole, undivided, and complete” (Woodson, The Integrity of the Leader). Betty Price best describes integrity as, “to live out and act on what you say” (The Master’s College Faculty on Integrity). We develop integrity by knowing who we are and by being the people we say we are. The first aspect of focusing on personal integrity and leadership that impacted me was when Fances Hesselbein said, “leadership …show more content…
He teaches about the danger of finding our identity in what people say about us, what we have, and what we do (Nouwen, Being the Beloved sermon 1 of 8). When our identity is not based on “BEing” the beloved, we will go through our entire life searching for who we are in things that hold no value. Henri Nouwen says that this leads to depression and “our life ends up nothing” (Nouwen, Being the Beloved sermon 1 of 8). Admittedly, I still struggle with this even though I believe that “I am the beloved of God” (Ephesians 5:1, NIV Thinline Bible). I recognize that I place too much value on what people think and say about me, and not enough on what God says about …show more content…
Bill Hybels touches upon her story and the persistence she displayed throughout her life. Upon receiving a direct call from God, she relentlessly sought permission by her authority to fulfill this call, even at the expense of devastating rumors (Hybels 264). In one of her letters she writes, “Please forgive me for being so tiresome with my continual appeal, but I have to act this way. Souls of the poor are being lost for want of care and love” (266). It is evident that she cared more about those in need than her own crushed ego. Her example causes me to evaluate my own integrity and persistence. Would I care enough about others to undergo such ridicule? If I truly grasp my identity in Christ, then I would not care about my reputation with others and the answer would be an emphatic,

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