The word integrity has a deep meaning and is often intermingled with words like; honesty and truthfulness. It connotes a deep commitment to do the right thing for the right reason, regardless of the circumstances. People of integrity are incorruptible and incapable of breaking the trust of those who have confided in them. Unfortunately, in Nigeria today, there is a dearth of leaders who lead with integrity as exemplified by those in the public and private sector and even in the church.
The political class has for several decades failed to keep to their promises of taking Nigeria, out of the abyss of poverty/under-development despite her enormous potentials. Some of them have turned the art of governance into a comedy show as we have witnessed on social media with deception at the very root. Business leaders are also not left out of this rot as we continue to hear cases of corporate governance infractions and misappropriation of funds. In fact, it is difficult to confidently point out five Nigerian businesses that have been consistently profitable over the past 60 years.
The church, the salt of the earth (Matt. 5:13) and the light of the world (Matt. 5:14-16) is also not left out as the behaviour of a section of its leadership leaves much to be desired with the way they conduct themselves especially in the area of finances, thereby making it difficult to place a distinction between the Christian folk and the world. Today, church management is seen as a business enterprise, as individuals see the church as an avenue to attain material wealth after all else have failed in the secular world. This has unfortunately given some individuals the temerity to constantly call out some of our most respected Christian leaders on social media.
Every human is born with a conscience and therefore the ability to know right from wrong. Choosing the right, regardless of the consequences, is the hallmark of integrity. The movement towards raising leaders with integrity must start from the church and the time is now.
This is why I will be sharing my thoughts with you this month on this topic “Leading with Integrity.”
What is leadership?
- ‘’Leadership is influence, the ability of one person to influence others.” J. Oswald Sanders.
- ‘’A man who knows the road, who can keep ahead, and can pull others after him.’’ Dr. John R. Mott.
- ‘’The capacity and will to rally men and women to a common purpose, and the character which inspires confidence.’’ Bernard L. Montgomery.
. People more than projects.
. Movement more than maintenance.
. Art more than science.
. Intuition more than formula.
. Vision more than procedure.
. Risk more than caution.
. Action more than reaction.
. Relationships more than rules.
. Who you are more than what you do.
Leadership is more than Management. Managers work with processes, leaders work with people. Leaders are needed at every level of an organization. Everything rises and falls on leadership. It really does. If you don’t believe it, just put together a group of people without a leader and watch them.
Without a leader:
. Vision is lost.
. Decisions are delayed.
. Agendas are multiplied.
. Conflicts are extended.
. Morale is low.
. Production is reduced.
. Success is difficult.
We shall continue from here in the next edition.