The Ancient Chinese built the Great Wall of China to protect themselves from the barbaric hordes of the

north. It was too high to climb over, too thick to break down, and too long to go around. Security is supposedly achieved! But during the first hundred years of the wall s existence, China was invaded three times.

There is great demand for integrity in leadership than ever before both in the business world and church (Backaby, H & R. 2001. p. 104). In politics the same cry people were bored with unfulfilled political promises and corrupt practices of government officials. Integrity is what people want to see with their leader.

Defining Integrity
What is integrity? Its primary meaning is wholeness or completeness. Integrity comes from the word integer, which is a whole number, not a fraction. Only secondarily does it mean honest or sincere. Its basic meaning is unimpaired condition, sound or complete (Johnson, 2008. p.156).

The dictionary definition of integrity is: A firm attachment to moral or artistic principle; honesty and sincerity; uprightness; wholeness, completeness; the condition of being unmarred or uncorrupted, the original, perfect condition . This means that a person of integrity is morally upright, honest, a person of one word, and principled.

According to James F. Bracher (2010), Integrity is congruence between what you say and what you do, as well as what you say about what you did . . . . never compromising. Firm to stand for the right and ready to pay the price to what it holds, stood and believed.

Component of Integrity
Margaret Thorsborn (2010) conducted survey to group of people asking them to describe people identified as possessing integrity. ‡ strength of character ‡ steadfast, resolute, having fibre ‡ walking the talk, doing what was promised

‡ authentic, straightforward, what's on the inside is displayed on the outside ‡ open, honest and direct in their dealings with others ‡ clear and uncompromised values, and clarity about what's right and wrong ‡ committed, with the courage of their convictions

‡ behaviors matched values (congruence) ‡ principled, honorable, fair, accountable and responsible ‡ balanced, integrated, whole ‡ self aware and self-reflective ‡ mature and wise.

Integrity as Virtue
Integrity . . . . rank among the highest virtues a man can aspire to ( 2010 ), it is the most desired value s in life that every followers expect from their leader, and leader do also expect from their followers. In other words everyone wants to have this value be practice in every one s lives, not necessity but a need, and when it is practice it becomes a virtue.

Biblical Foundation of Integrity
The biblical virtue of integrity points to a consistency between what is inside and what is outside, between belief and behavior, between our words and our ways, our attitudes and our actions, our values and our practices (Boa. p. 15). Biblical integrity emphasizes the harmony of what is said and the practice.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, concluded, ³In order for a man to be a leader he must have followers. And to have followers, he must have their confidence. Hence the supreme quality for a leader is unquestionable integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, or football field, in an army or in an office. If a man¶s associates find him guilty of phoniness . . . . he will fail´ (Johnson, p.157).

Leadership and Integrity Ray Miller (2010) presents five Leadership Behaviors which demonstrate Honesty and Integrity that will certainly help leaders to be more trustworthy and transparent to gain unsolicited respect from subordinates and people under his leadership position.

‡ A Leader openly admits mistakes and failures so they can be rectified. ‡ A Leader does not claim credit for accomplishments that he/she was not directly involved in. ‡ A Leader maintains the highest ethical standards when dealing with customers and suppliers or vendors. ‡ A Leader will keep promises or at least offer an explanation why they can't be kept (promises to coworkers, management, customers, etc. ‡ A Leader does not manipulate data or information for personal gain or protection (Miller, 2010).

Warren Buffett hiring criteria: integrity, intelligence, and energy. Hire someone without the first, and the other two will kill you (p.9.). This is a clear and striking points that even how talented and energetic the person is, but missing the personal values of integrity, that person will bring more harm than good in any organization.

John Beckett of the Beckett Corporation explained: The chief trait I look for integrity . . . . I believe if this trait is embraced and in place, other qualities such as honesty, diligence, and a good work ethic will follow´ (Backaby, p.104).

³Leaders without integrity may promote worthwhile causes, yet fail to gain people¶s loyalty because their lives discredit the validity of their proposals. When leader live a life of integrity, their followers assume they are trustworthy to lead´ (Blackaby, H & R. p.107).

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