No leadership trait is held in higher esteem by a team than a leader’s integrity. If a leader’s words and actions do not match, the team will not consider that leader trustworthy. There are multiple ways people try to describe integrity but when Scripture gives a clear picture there is no need for additional dialog.
What does integrity look like?
“One day when the angels came to report to GOD, Satan also showed up. GOD singled out Satan, saying, ‘And what have you been up to?’ Satan answered GOD, ‘Oh, going here and there, checking things out.’ Then GOD said to Satan, ‘Have you noticed my friend Job? There’s no one quite like him, is there-honest and true to his word, totally devoted to God and hating evil? He still has a firm grip on his integrity! You tried to trick me into destroying him, but it didn’t work'” (Job 2:1-3 MSG).
“Like the coolness of snow at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the spirit of his masters” (Proverbs 25:13 NIV).
“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.’ But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one”
(Matthew 5:33-37 NIV).
What are the benefits to being a leader of integrity?
“May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you” (Psalms 25:21 NIV).
“The integrity of the honest keeps them on track; the deviousness of crooks brings them to ruin” (Proverbs 11:3 MSG).
“To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice” (Proverbs 21:3 NIV).
“In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us” (Titus 2:7-8 NIV).
For some practical steps on becoming a leader of integrity check out “Core Values/Truths Determine a Leader’s Actions” and “Preventing Knee-Jerk Reactions.”