As the Petraeus case illustrates, integrity is a very valuable part of leadership and should be expected of our leaders in order to prevent the snowball effect of lies, cover ups, and embarrassment. In fact, integrity should not be viewed just as a key element of leadership, but the very foundation of good leadership. People watch leaders very closely. Even if they are supreme leaders with numerous honors to their name, one lapse of integrity can throw their whole legacy into question, and have consequences that long outlast their own careers and lives.
Pinkney, Michelle, "3rd Place Essay: What is the Role of Integrity in Leadership?" (2012). Reed Leadership Student Essay Contest Winners. 10.