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Why Are We Bad at Picking Good Leaders? A Better Way to Evaluate Leadership Potential by Jay Moran, Jeffrey Cohn

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INTEGRITY IS THE FOUNDATION

Integrity is the fundamental leadership attribute. Nobody can lead effectively without it. Former Wyoming senator Alan Simpson once said, “If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters.”1

Simpson's words aren't exactly true; other aspects of leadership are critically important as well. But if you need to make a list, integrity belongs at the very top. It's where you start. It's what holds everything else together.

Integrity is like the foundation of a house. It's not the first thing people notice, yet without it, all the granite countertops and wood floors don't have a place to stand. In fact, without integrity, all those amenities are merely a waste of money. Other ...

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