I believe one of the most important principles of leadership and one of the top attributes of a great leader is integrity. It’s ideally a concept of consistency of actions, of values, methods, measures, principles, expectations and outcomes. It also means telling the truth even if the truth is ugly.
In Cyprus, we have many internationally renowned musicians and pedagogues coming to give concerts and I’m happy to interview them. Many teach at universities and music colleges around the world, and I often ask “What do you say to the student you know is not going to ‘make it’ as a performing musician?” It’s a really difficult question as the college needs the students for financial survival, but what about the integrity of the teacher?
With maybe one exception, all have replied “We don't tell anyone they won’t make it, but try to guide them into more realistic expectations.”
So, Dwight D Eisenhower’s comment is still very apt and true - “The supreme quality for leadership is unque (...) Read more? Sign up for free