On reading Forbes list of top 8 qualities that make a great leader, integrity featured 2nd. “Leaders do what’s right even if that’s not the best thing for the bottom line.”

In theory it sounds great, but in practice is it always that easy? It reminded me of recent example, where I’d asked a senior leader advice on a professional development programme. Contrary to the fact they had financial targets to hit with this programme, this leader recommended it wouldn’t benefit me to do it.

A clear cut example of doing the right thing. It’s natural with pressures on targets to think of the short term, but doing the right thing has much longer term impact financially and reputationally.

Have you examples of leaders doing either the right or wrong thing?