What would you say is the number 1 characteristic a leader should aspire to have?

Being a good speaker? Wisdom? Faith? Courage?… These are all good qualities, but what about integrity?

Integrity is about being the same person when no-one is looking, as you are when you’re with your friends, or at church, or with your family. Integrity is about always telling the truth, and living a life that refuses to contradict itself.

When we talk about leadership at Rise Up, we talk about influence, and influence is all about relationships. At the heart of good leadership are good relationships – and if we want good relationships, then we need integrity.

What do you look for in a friend?

One of the key things I look for is truthfulness. I want to know that if I ask my friends a question, they’re going to give me an honest answer; a real answer, rather than what they think I want to hear.

Deep down, we’re all looking for these “real answers”, an as leaders and people of influence, real answers are what we should be looking to give.

Unless we step up and live a life of integrity, we’ll never be the people of real answers that the world is looking for.

No, we don’t have to have all the answers, and yes we will make mistakes and miss the mark, but maybe today is the day to ask God to build you up as a person if integrity.