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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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GOOD LEADERS ACT ETHICALLY

Of course, honesty by itself does not constitute integrity. A criminal might be perfectly forthcoming, but we wouldn't want him to lead. With this in mind, people with integrity also know the difference between right and wrong. They treat others fairly, consistently, and with a just hand.

They begin by living up to their promises. Leaders with integrity stay true to their commitments. They never back-pedal to serve their immediate needs. Watch out for people who constantly claim, “Circumstances have changed,” or “I wouldn't have said that if I had known,” or “That's not what I meant,” only to leave others hanging. Good leaders deliver on their word.

When it comes to other issues of right and wrong, good leaders exercise ...

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