10 Traits of a Positive Thinker: #4 INTEGRITY


Positive Psychology author Scott Ventrella ventures to list 10 traits of a positive thinker: 1. Optimism, 2. Enthusiasm, 3. Belief, 4. Integrity, 5. Courage, 6. Confidence, 7. Determination, 8. Patience, 9. Calmness, 10. Focus.

Harvard Business School defines Leadership as “making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”

Former President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity.  Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on…a football field…or in an office.”

This blog addresses Integrity and Leadership.  If you can answer “yes” to the first set of the following questions, then you may be a leader who exhibits integrity…

  • Do I tell the truth?  Or, do I call others “liars” while I consider my own fibs a part of how “business is done”?
  • Do I use the same standard of measuring my own behavior as the behavior of others?  Or, is what is good for the goose is not good for the gander?
  • Do I guard others’ privacy?  Or, do I promise to keep things confidential and then tell another?
  • Do I treat people even-handedly and fairly?  Or, do I allow those who I’m partial towards get away with constant overpromising and underdelivering?
  • Do I engage in the dissolution of conflict?  Or, do I promote my own hidden agenda?

How we choose to respond to another person’s reality is a critical, and difficult, role for the leader.  And, with so many customers (and potential customers) out in cyberspace, it is unlikely to know who everyone is, but their actions or words are important for strategic planning at all levels.

If you can’t handle a difficult conversation with authenticity and integrity, then have the difficult conversation with yourself on your role as a leader.


As inspirational author, H. Jackson Brown, Jr. said, “Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor.”  So, take her (i.e. Opportunity) out on the floor and show her your moves as you guide her into an artful difficult conversation.

As John Travolta is Tony Manero to the dance floor, so are you the deft, integrity-filled leader to the difficult conversation.

Thank you.

Rossina Gil, MSOD, MAIS, is a Leadership and Organization Development Practitioner, author, cultural analyst, coach, speaker, and facilitator.  CorporateLookingGlass.com. 


H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Life’s Little Instruction Book (Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press, Inc.), 1991.

Scott Ventrella, The Power of Positive Thinking in Business (New York, NY: Fireside), 2001. (pp. 37-38, 40, 44, 85).


©Rossina Gil, 2013


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