Leadership Integrity Continuum

William Howatt Ph.D., Ed.D.
© 2012

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

Integrity leadership is the ability to convince the people you lead – peers, board members, and shareholders – that you will lead consistently with courage, ethics, and honesty. Galvenek and Konczal1 report that there is a growing agreement that not only organizations but also the economy’s long-term success are dependent on leaders who operate daily with integrity. The purpose of this measure is give leaders an opportunity to step back and self-evaluate where they fall on the integrity leadership continuum. George, author of Authentic Leadership Challenges, wrote, “We need leaders who have a deep sense of purpose and are true to their core values"2 (p. 5). Sometimes it can feel like making the right decision is complicated. Having a coach or trusted mentor with whom they can speak freely about the choices they face can often help leaders maintain their perspective and feel supported in making tough decisions.


This is not a clinical measure or diagnostic tool; it is meant only to be a screening tool.


1 http://elit-e.com/integrity-and-leadership.html