INTEGRITY : The Courage To Meet The Demands of RealityDr Henry Cloud
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The key To Leadership And Success Is Not Just Ability & Hard Work, But Good Character
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Integrity—more than simple honesty, it’s the key to success. A person with integrity has the ability to pull everything together, to make it all happen no matter how challenging the circumstances.
Drawing on experiences from his work, Dr. Henry Cloud, a clinical psychologist, leadership coach, corporate consultant and nationally syndicated radio host, shows how our character can keep us from achieving all we want to (or could) be.
Clinical psychologist and leadership consultant Henry Cloud opens his book with a personal anecdote. A friend asked him to advise her two sons about what it takes to be a big success in life.
He told them that successful people have areas of competence and can connect with other people to build alliances, but that the third ingredient of success is harder to define: character.
Using examples from his extensive consulting work with successful people, Cloud explains why integrity is necessary to them, explaining that to succeed, people must have the ability to gain the trust of others, confront reality, produce expected outcomes, deal with problems, create growth and transcend self-interest.
In this path-breaking book, Dr. Henry Cloud shows what integrity is, how it is lived in everyday experience, and what one must do to determine whether you are perceived as someone with character and integrity.
In Integrity, Dr. Cloud explores the six qualities of character that define integrity, and how people with integrity:
● Are able to connect with others and build trust
● Are oriented toward reality
● Finish well
● Embrace the negative
● Are oriented toward increase
●Have an understanding of the transcendent
Central to question of integrity is whether a person has the courage to face up to reality. Cloud shows how the ability to address adversity, to learn lessons from it, and adjust one’s behavior is a greater determinant of success than brains or talent or charm.
He shows that successful leaders have competencies, alliances and, most important, character. Then he examines exactly what behaviors constitute character and how they are expressed in real life situations.
Assessing and building the six essential qualities of character is the goal of this book. It will be used widely by a range of people because the things he identifies apply equally across regions, cultures and classes.
Integrity is not something that you either have or don’t, but instead is an exciting growth path that all of us can engage in and enjoy. Success is not related to only talent or brains. There are a lot of bright, talented people who are never successful. And the most successful are not only the ones with the most talent. The real factor, Cloud demonstrates, is the makeup of the person.
All of us can grow in the kinds of real character that bring about fruitful relationships and achievement of purpose, mission, and goals. Integrity is not something that you either have or don’t, but instead is an exciting growth path that all of us can engage in and enjoy.
Although some of Cloud’s truths seem self-evident and he can become repetitive, it is highly recommended this highly readable, timely moral lesson to current and aspiring business leaders.
About the Author :
Dr. Henry Cloud is an acclaimed leadership expert, psychologist, and New York Times bestselling author whose books have sold over 10 million copies. In 2014, Success magazine named Dr. Cloud one of the top 25 most influential leaders in personal growth and development. He graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BS in psychology and completed his PhD in clinical psychology at Biola University.
Henry Cloud is a leadership consultant, best-selling author and speaker. Probably his best known book and subsequent series of training workshops is Boundaries. His books have sold nearly 20 million copies.
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