Leadership is always important for Business success, but now Leadership with Integrity is critical. We are in the midst of a seminal change in the business environment-from the In¬formation Age to the New or Knowledge Economy. Key for business success is leadership and organizational culture. And yet the news is filled with CEOs who are falling from grace and there is talk of a "leadership crisis" and of "toxic cultures."
Integrity is a delicate jewel. Building integrity in leaders and their organizations takes time, continuous effort and cannot be feigned. You must feel it in your gut, in your core beliefs that being honest and trustworthy is the right business practice. If you feel that integrity is the route to financial success you are doomed to failure.
Offer some suggestions you might want to consider as you build integrity within your lead¬ership team. The suggestions are aimed at integrating Integrity within the underlying organizational culture. You must address "the way we do things here in company x", or the norms that govern how people make decisions each day.