Traits of a Great Leader- Integrity.
During last week I watch the DVD of “Robin Hood”.
I had put off getting this DVD because I ad heard doubtful comments about it.
They were wrong.
It was a powerful movie with a great deal of memorable occasions in it.
Even more though it characterized a variety of Leadership styles.
I have chosen the trait of integrity as this was a common theme.
According to the first definition I found on Google, Integrity is “The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.”
Wikipedia says this is hard to define because moral principles are subjective.
However there are some generalisations of the definition. In western society there is a broad understanding of what moral principles and moral uprightness requires.
In Robin Hood, Robin himself, answers King Richard, the Lion heart, honestly when asked, the King reneges on his promise, Honesty and keeping one’s word are truly a part of integrity. In this incided, Richard did not show integrity.
King John, Richard’s brother who inherited the throne is even more lacking in integrity.
The character of Robin Hood is painted as showing great integrity.
1. Going out of his way to keep the promises that he has chosen to make.
2. Being a person who sees the injustice, greed and inconsistency of many of the players who come from the side of politics, religion and royalty.
3. Being a person who is compassionate and understands what it is like to suffer.
4. Being someone who does not use his power primarily for his own purposes, but for the good of all. He did use subterfuge to get back to England, however, he attached it to a promise that he made to get the crown home. Profit is acceptable as long as no one is disenfranchised.
5. He does not take advantage of Marion, even though he has been virtually given permission to.
It seems that it could be said that the whole story has been written to contrast the integrity of the political and Royalty of the 11th Century BCE with Robin Hood’s integrity.
I believe the picture has done this well. Like Braveheart from a Scottish perspective. These movies portray aspects of history that could have been completely different if the powers that be had shown a much greater level of integrity in the way they dispensed the Law and Justice.
To me I believe that Integrity come high up on the list of traits, very close to actually be number one.
What are your thoughts? Let me know.