This year, I began my leadership bulletins with “courage”. I finish the year with “integrity”. Integrity is wearing one’s heart at one’s sleeve. Naturally, it contains consistency and authenticity. When we take the responsibility of our thoughts, feelings and behaviors and own them, we feel ourselves whole. Although this standing is sometimes hard, it necessitates us to make and implement decisions to sustain our values rather than choosing the easy way.
Integrity, indubitably, is necessary and significant for everyone. This significance increases especially at higher management levels since the leaders at this level carry the mission of acting as role models of the organization’s values within and outside the organization they work for. The leader’s integrity serves as an anchor to maintain harmony among diversified stakeholders.
Starbucks had difficulty maintaining its core values for some time after Howard Schultz, founder of Starbucks, stepped down the CEO chair. Due to faltering of beliefs in corporate culture, Schultz retook the position of CEO. His suggestions to leaders regarding integrity are very meaningful. He says, “You have to be honest and authentic and not hide. I think the leader today has to demonstrate both transparency and vulnerability, and with that comes truthfulness and humility and obviously the ability to instill confidence in people, and not through some top-down hierarchical approach.”
Preserving your integrity is possible by knowing and remembering who you are, what you believe in and what you serve to. The path to this passes from self awareness. It is important that you create space and time to draw back and look at yourself. You may take coaching support for this. You may ask for feedback from people who you think would provide honest feedback and form the inner references for your integrity by evaluation from inside out.
What will you say “yes” to today for your integrity?
Be “whole” with love.
Aylin Bozkurt Tüzmen
MBA, PCC, ACPC
High Dreams wishes:
May the New Year be full of courage, trust, equality, openness, purpose, resilience, authenticity, influence, flexibility, presence, and connectivity with which you live your high dreams with integrity.
Who is Aylin Bozkurt Tüzmen?
With 18 years of business experience that started in the finance sector as a management trainee in the multinational bank HSBC Bank and continued in the real sector as middle and top level finance manager in Istanbul and New York, I now serve as a Professional Certified Coach at High Dreams Coaching & Mentoring Services specializing in leadership and team coaching, mentoring & supervision to coaches, and feedback. My mission is to contribute to the transformation of leaders, teams and organizations in accordance with their values and strengths so that they can realize their visions and hence reach their high dreams. I hold International Coach Federation (ICF)’s PCC (Professional Certified Coach) and Adler International Learning Canada’s ACPC (Adler Certified Professional Coach) titles.