A person of influence

By Posted in - Public Relations on November 16th, 2011 0 Comments

As hard as it may be to become a person of influence, it seems that the hardest part – for some – is staying influential, while maintaining integrity.

There’s a lot of news out there these days where people who have been known for their leadership skills and integrity have fallen from grace (Ohio State’s Jim Tressel, Penn State’s Joe Paterno – maybe even Tiger Woods).  It disheartens me that so many people who work hard to achieve influence and trust among many ultimately throw it away because of selfish reasons.

Caitlin mentioned that I recently spoke at a PRSA International Development Conference.  The South Carolina Public Relations Society was kind enough to give me a speaker gift at the end of the event.  “The Maxwell Daily Reader” provides 365 days of insight to develop leadership skills – and I have been reading the daily advice religiously.

There is a passage on integrity, that I would like to share.  I know it’s not the typical blog post – but I’ve had so many swirling conversations about leaders making right decisions, and understanding how those decisions affect those around you, that I really wanted to shine a spotlight on this lesson.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is not a sermon.  I’m the farthest from perfect that a person could ever be.  But I look at life as a journey of learning – so that I can try to be the best person, wife, friend, coworker, daughter, etc. I can be.

  • The Benefit of Integrity: Trust – from the Maxwell Daily Reader

The bottom line when it comes to integrity is that it allows others to trust you.  And without trust, you have nothing.  Trust is the single most important factor in personal and professional relationships.  It is the glue that holds people together.  And it is the key to becoming a person of influence.

It has been said that you don’t really know people until you have observed them when they interact with a child, when the car has a flat tire, when the boss is away, and when they think no one will ever know.  But people with integrity never have to worry about that.  No matter where they are, who they are with, or what kind of situation they find themselves in, they are consistent and live by their princicples.

Do you behave in a manner consistent with principles of integrity no matter where or with whom you find yourself?

I hope more people start asking themselves this question.
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