Integrity is a Leadership Necessity

Good leaders abhor wrongdoing of all kinds; sound leadership has a moral foundation. (Proverbs 16:12 MSG)

Love and truth form a good leader; sound leadership is founded on loving integrity. (Proverbs 20:28 MSG)

Integrity defined:

1. Adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character and honesty.

2. The state of being whole, entire, or undiminished.

3. Sound, unimpaired or perfect condition. (not broken)

In our attempts to identify with people by our transparency we can not lose our integrity in any sense.

Integrity breeds trust, which is the basis for relationship, which is the foundation for influence, which is the key component for leadership.

Challenges to integrity

Pride-sometimes we develop a dishonesty to keep from looking bad, or to make ourselves look good.

Pressure-it’s easy to be honest, and whole when there is no pressure, but when the pressure is turned up do we retain our integrity or do we rationalize our behavior?

His wife said, “Still holding on to your precious integrity, are you? Curse God and be done with it!” He told her, “You’re talking like an empty-headed fool. We take the good days from God-why not also the bad days?” Not once through all this did Job sin. He said nothing against God. Job’s Three Friends (Job 2:9, 10 MSG)


Sometimes everything going well or being blessed tempts us to get loose ethically or morally, relaxing our dependance on God and putting ourselves in the drivers seat, or trying not to lose what we have.

Integrity means

Be truthful.

No exaggeration it’s the same as lying.
No shading the truth
No insinuation that leads to deception.

Be honest.

No cheating.
No manipulating a situation to get what you want.
No rationalizing bad behavior based on peer pressure

Be complete

Don’t make others pay relationally because of the emotional void in you. Trust God, He is enough, others never will be.

If your in leadership to fill some void in you it is a huge mistake and will not end well.

Be pure

In your thinking
In your words
In your actions

People will identify with you in your weakness but won’t truly respect you as a leader until you live with integrity. They are glad your not perfect so you can understand them but they want to know you’ve overcome, it gives them hope.

If you haven’t arrived at where they are trying to go then where are you leading them. Leadership implies being in front.


1. Personal spiritual development
Stop reading so many books and study the bible.
Pray daily. No excuses. Seek Gods face.

2. Don’t view success the way the world does.
If you do, then you have to act like the world to get the worlds version of success.

3. Die to yourself.

Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. (Matthew 16:24 NKJV)

Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good-crucified. (Galatians 5:24 MSG)

And those who belong to Christ Jesus (the Messiah) have crucified the flesh (the godless human nature) with its passions and appetites and desires. (Galatians 5:24 AMP)

4. Put on the mind of Christ

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. (Romans 8:5 NKJV)


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