Why do some people make it, and others don't? Whether you are talking about the world of business, relationship, school, or life in general, it is a valid question and one that gets asked many times. Two people, side by side, both honest, intelligent, capable; one moves through life with great success, the other can't keep a job.
From a leadership perspective, Integrity was one of those books that rocked my world, so to speak. Bypassing the traditional definition of integrity as one who is a good guy, an honest Abe, a person you can trust, Cloud defines six traits that a successful person must have:
1) Creates and maintains trust
2) Is able to see and face reality
3) Works in a way that brings results
4) Embraces negative realities and solves them
5) Causes growth and increase
6) Achieves transcendence and meaning in life
How do these traits translate into reality? A person can be "honest" and have "good intentions", but they may fail miserably at transferring that into a successful experience in the reality of their job.
According to Dr. Cloud, ""You will see how these character traits supercede gifts, talents and ability, and how the ones who have them succeed and the ones who don't, ultimately fail." (Page xii)
In other words, they can be the best at everything, and still not experience success.
Here is Dr. Cloud's detailed definition of integrity: "And, the origins of the word we can see in the French and Latin meanings of intact, integrate, integral and entirety. The concept means that the `whole thing is working well, undivided, integrated, intact and uncorrupted.' When we are talking about integrity, we are talking about being a whole person, an integrated person, with all of our different parts working well and delivering the functions that they were designed to deliver. It is about wholeness and effectiveness as people. It truly is `running on all cylinders.'" (Page 31)
This book does not leave the reader hopeless; however, it does enlighten and give a much needed insight into the dynamics of any given situation.
Dr. Cloud's book is easy to understand, wise in its presentation, and beyond valuable—not only in the world of business, but also in the ocean of life.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.