Compromising Integrity: Aritotelic View of Leadership

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According to Aristotle, integrity can be defined as the “particular quality men acquire by constantly acting in a particular way”. It is the sense of honesty and rectitude, towards our moral and ethical principles. We’ve discussed at length how compromising integrity can damage our reputation, how people decide to act against integrity for personal benefits, and ultimately cause irreparable damage among followers. So is it really worth compromising integrity for a big paycheck? Is losing reputation worth the money? Throughout the essay, numerous examples of compromised integrity will be discussed focusing on the Aristotelian view of Leadership. The philosopher’s Seven Virtues will ultimately allow us to understand and reach to a conclusion regarding such doubts. Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal is one example that truly illustrates the negative consequences of defying integrity. The lawsuit against the Former American cyclist was originally filled by a former teammate. The ethical issue of using money from the U.S. postal service to unfairly associate it with a sophisticated doping program is what led this former athlete from hero to zero. Denial and disagreements between him and his people arose until he finally decided to confess his unmoral actions. Despite the confession, he was stripped of his record seven tour de France titles, and was banned for life by the United States Anti-Doping Agency. To make things worse, his “Livestrong” foundation’s vision was irreversibly destroyed. He compromised his integrity, preaching visions that were contrary to his actions, and as a consequence, people lost trust and respect in him. He ignored justice and prudence for financial aspirations, which ultimately led to not only losing all what ... ... middle of paper ... ...and “shame”. Being able to develop this values will build a character strong enough to control your temper in hard, circumstantial situations, and what’s even more important, itll guide you through the correct path between choosing whats best vs. what’s the right thing to do. Let it be clear that no book will tell us the optimal way of leading, the best way of organizing subordinates, however, we need to realize that successful leaders have all something in common, their actions speak louder than their words, and that these actions are all guided by integrity. The emerging leader should in the end be able to build a character dependent on integrity. The character should be built by the core values we stand for, by our vision’s context, and what’s most important, we should always keep in mind, that “nothing is worse than losing trust, as it will mark our reputation”.

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