8 Benefits of Integrity in Life and Leadership

8 Benefits of Integrity in Life and Leadership

8 Benefits of Integrity in Life and Leadership

Charles Stone

Integrity is taking a beating today.

·  20 baseball players potentially being suspended for doping

·  Lance Armstrong being stripped of all his awards for lying

·  The IRS apparently misusing its power

·  The Justice Department being accused of lying

·  Identity theft occurring to 1 out of 10 people

We live in a world where self-interest seems to trump character and integrity. And ministry leaders aren’t immune to the temptation to spin, cut corners, or compromise.

Yet, the One whom we serve lived a life of integrity and He expects us to do the same in His power. Teacher, we know you have integrity… (Matthew 22.16, The Message)

I’ve listed 8 benefits of integrity below.

  1. It protects us. (May integrity and uprightness protect me because my hope is in you. Psalm 25.21)

There often seem to be those around us who don’t want us to succeed or, even worse, want to watch our downfall. Psalm 25 reminds us that God provides a shield around us when we understand the value of integrity in all areas of our lives.

  1. It gives us confidence. (The man of integrity walks securely. Proverbs 10.9)

Do you ever doubt whether or not you’re doing the right thing? Making the right choice for those you’re seeking to lead? We can be confident! When we live and lead with integrity, we have confidence in who we’re called to be.

  1. It helps us make better decisions. (The integrity of the upright guides them. Proverbs 11.3)

Do this. Don’t do that. Being obedient often feels like a list of do’s and don’ts but we have guidance to make the right choice when we walk with integrity. The closer we walk with Jesus, the more we grow to be like Him. Thus, growing in integrity.

  1. It reflects well on the Lord. (I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. 1Chronicles 29.17)

When you look in the mirror, who do you see? When you make choices, what does it reflect about who you are and Whose you are? Integrity displays Jesus to those around us.

  1. It sets you apart. (Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool. Proverbs 19.1)

Riches and success are highly valued in our culture, but how fleeting they are. Integrity sets you apart in a way that cannot fade.

  1. It creates trust in others. (For we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord's sight but also in the sight of man. 2 Corinthians 8.21)

Scripture tells us that we should care what other people think about us. We are to be an example of Jesus’ likeness to the world. One way we do this is through integrity and acting honorably.

  1. It increases our impact. (One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. Luke 16.10)

Much is expected of those who have power. When we are faithful to what God has called us to do, we are given more opportunities to impact those we lead for His Kingdom.

  1. It extends influence. (The righteous who walks in his integrity— blessed are his children after him! Proverbs 20.7)

Integrity is contagious, especially to little ones. They watch what we do, what we say, and how we respond. When we walk in integrity, it makes an influential impact on those who surround us and come after us.

Integrity is contagious

When we seek to lead like Jesus, we are striving to grow in integrity and allow God to use us for His glory in every environment He’s given us. Let’s strive to make our integrity evident to those we lead!

When we seek to lead like Jesus, we are striving to grow in integrity

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Charles Stone

Both my wife Sherryl and I have a heart for pastors and pastors’ wives. We’ve taught hundreds of pastors and their wives in the United States, Canada, Nicaragua, Colombia, and Mexico.

I earned an engineering degree from Georgia Tech, a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. I’m completing another masters degree in neuroleadership. I’m also an avid Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket fan.

I’ve been professionally trained in these areas by these organizations:

Life Coaching through the Professional Christian Coaching Institute
Strategic Planning through Ministry Advantage (certified)
Vision Clarity through the Church Unique Process (certified)
Conflict Management through Peacemakers
I’m the author of 4 books – Daughters Gone Wild – Dads Gone Crazy (Thomas Nelson, 2007), 5 Ministry Killers and How to Defeat Them (Bethany House Publishers, 2010), People Pleasing Pastors: Avoiding Pitfalls of Approval Motivated Leadership (Inter-Varsity Press, January 2014), and my brand new book, Brain-Savvy Leadership: the Science of Significant Ministry (Abingdon, 2015).