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Drucker on Leadership: New Lessons from the Father of Modern Management by William A. Cohen

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Chapter 7. Effective Leadership and Personal Integrity

As we've seen, Drucker made a clear distinction between the law and personal integrity. Personal integrity, he felt, had to be a part of everything that a leader did; without it, leaders had no legitimacy and their followers would eventually desert them. As he wrote, "In military training, the first rule is to instill soldiers with trust in their officers, because without trust they won't fight."[60]

Integrity in Action

The need for personal integrity is integral to all of Drucker's views of leadership. Integrity means adherence to a moral code; particularly, adherence to such a code under all conditions and regardless of whether anyone knows it. To Drucker integrity is critical because "the ...

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