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Honesty and Integrity

From a blog post by Michal Hyatt.

As Stephen Covey points out, “honesty is making your words conform to reality. Integrity is making reality conform to your words.” It is essential to leadership. Without it, you cannot be an effective leader.


  1. Integrity is required for trust. If people can’t trust your word, they won’t trust you.
  2. Trust is necessary for influence. People choose those they let influence them, and this is based largely on trust.
  3. Influence is essential for impact. You can’t make the impact you want to make unless you can influence others and shift their behavior.
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