Risk of Being a Leader: Part Three Integrity vs. Impatience

Do you know if you lead with Integrity or Impatience? The answer depends on what motivates you as a leader.

In a thought-provoking book entitled Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business, published last year, John Mackey, the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, along with Raj Sisodia, a business professor at Bentley College, presented a philosophy involving the evolution of business purpose, stakeholders, leadership and culture.

Integrity refers to consistency of actions, honesty and truthfulness.

Conscious Capitalism philosophy appears to be in line with our definition of integrity.

On an individual level, if you know yourself, then clarity flows through to your actions.

You build trust through consistent, sound and confident leadership that eliminates surprises, intolerance or irritability. If you do not know yourself, you will not be prepared to lead others until you figure “you” out. That may be your first step to leading with integrity.

Impatience refers to intolerance or irritability from anything that delays or hinders.

If you are looking to win a race, you need to prepare to do so. If you do not scrutinize the details along the way, you may fail. Your impatience to just get on with it may leave you at a disadvantage. Furthermore, your competitors may have prepared, and now have a steady, consistent course strategy to win the race.

In 2013, ABC World News began reporting on a hot-button issue, the “Made in America” movement. They looked at issues concerning the cause of the shift to outsourcing, the changes in consumer demand and encouraged a reassessment of the value of buying products produced outside of the US.

In this new movement, each business involved in manufacturing the products Made in America has a leader who is proud to promote this label and believes that by doing so, they will once again increase profits here and be able to hire additional employees.

History shows that the ability of the American worker to adapt to change will be an important factor in bringing manufacturing back to the US, what the Boston Consulting Group refers to as “reshoring.”

Ultimately, will consumer demand be high enough to encourage leaders to bring manufacturing back to the US? The Made in America reporting indicated that more and more consumers will buy only American-made products such as Shinola watches and American Clothing Co. jeans.

Shinola watches made in Detroit are an American success story because the growth in sales has resulted in new jobs.

American Clothing Co.’s new denim jeans illustrate an American team effort. They’ve arranged to allow you to track the US cotton farmer behind the pair of jeans via a code put on the jeans.

The positive impact of the Made in America movement has been the creation of new jobs.

Will business leaders exhibit the integrity and patience required in the difficult task of “reshoring” manufacturing back to the US? Or will impatience cause them to run the wrong race?

Part One addressed the SMART analysis and the need for leaders to go a step further by conducting a self-assessment via a RISK analysis.

Part Two discussed examining your heart and moral compass by comparing leaders who earn our Respect to those who are Ruthless.

Dawn Kristy

Dawn Kristy

Dawn Kristy has a writer’s love of words and storytelling, an editor’s keen eye for details, a risk manager’s proactive caution and an advocate’s desire to help those in need whether in the for-profit or non-profit community. Dawn is an attorney licensed to practice law in NJ and PA with over 25 years work experience in law, insurance, reinsurance, business development, writing, editing, presenting, sales, fundraising and campaigning. Dawn had the good fortune of working abroad for nearly 13 years gaining first-hand experience in cross-cultural client relationship management, business development, marketing and communications. Dawn has successfully led projects with determination and compassion, developed new business and raised funds for non-profit organizations. Disclaimer: This blog post is made available for informational purposes and is not intended to be a substitute for professional or legal advice. No attorney client relationship is formed or implied between you and the guest blog author or the blog/web site publisher.
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  • January 8, 2014


    Dawn, this one of the Series really hit home with me. Impatience and irritability is something we battle all the time with our very young trainees. I like how you linked it directly to their own (and ours, as the leaders of whom we are leading or teaching) integrity and honesty. I will be sharing it with my Team, it is too important to miss an opportunity to share another person’s words on the same topic.
    Thank you!

  • January 8, 2014


    AlaskaChickBlog Happy that this resonated with you!

  • January 9, 2014


    dawnkristy gingerconsult A pleasure! A good read for all leaders and #management.

  • January 10, 2014


    dawnkristy Happy to share great content!

  • January 10, 2014


    dawnkristy gingerconsult – Most welcome 🙂

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