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Integrity in leadership


Integrity is defined as " the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles, moral uprightness." Because of the shifting morality of our culture, integrity has almost become a lost word. If one's "strong moral principles" are in conflict with the popular view of the day, one often feels pressured to conform or suppress their own personal convictions. Thus, although integrity is still theoretically a desirable trait to aspire to, there are certainly some caveats to consider; especially for those in leadership.

 An unfortunate misconception of a person of integrity, is that they are "a perfect person”. If they are unwavering in their strong moral views then the thought is the person should be infallible in their decision making and leading. 

In 1 Kings 9:4&5, scripture refers to King David as a "man with integrity of heart and uprightness." If you study the life of King David you come to find out he was guilty of numerous sins throughout his life, so how is it he's spoken of so highly? Here's the important answer. Although David failed morally, he never allowed his heart to turn from God. His moral beliefs and convictions were grounded in God and His will; so although David violated his own principles by his actions, he also understood the power of keeping his heart focused on God, and looking to Him for forgiveness and restoration. 

That's the biblical perspective on leadership with integrity. Integrity is not about being found blameless, but about being internally consistent and undivided and allowing God to help with the external. If there’s anything our culture and churches desperately need today, it’s leaders of true integrity.