Dianne Nilsen and Gina Hernez-Broome
Is there one characteristic that distinguishes truly exceptional leaders from the rest? We believe there is. Integrity.
A few years back, our colleague David Campbell conducted a study that asked people to rate the most effective and ineffective leaders they had ever known. He provided a list of more than twenty attributes, including dynamic, empowering, productive, ambitious, and credible. A number of these differentiated between the two groups of leaders, but credible was seen as the most significant factor.1 Credibility (or being credible), which was defined in this study as a person's being believable and worthy of trust, is a major outcome of integrity.
Some determinants of integrity ...