October Leader of the Month: Pacific Lifes Michelle Kinney
INN Breaking News, October 18, 2013
To me, integrity is the most important characteristic every leader should possess. You can compile an impressive list of attributes; but if you do not have integrity, I believe your tenure as the leader of a group will be short lived and will fade as quickly as the memory of your accomplishments. People will trust you for a little while because of your position or your prior achievements; but they will not stand by you when the opportunity to follow someone else arises. General Mark Welsh, U.S. Air Force commander, sums it up for me; “Leadership is a gift. It is given by those who follow. You have to be worthy of it.” For me personally, if a leader does not display integrity in the decisions they make daily and the way they treat the people around them; I cannot respect them when the stakes are much higher and bigger decisions need to be made.
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