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Leadership in Action: Intergrity in Leadership by Gina Hernez-Broome, Dianne Nilsen

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Integrity in Leadership

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 ...

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