Summary of The Integrity Dividend

Leading by the Power of Your Word

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The Integrity Dividend book summary
You can improve your firm’s financial performance and still have integrity. Really.

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Leadership expert Tony Simons identifies and quantifies how keeping promises benefits a manager’s reputation and a company’s financial performance. His study of 76 Holiday Inn hotels examines their profitability in light of their employees’ assessments of the managers’ integrity; the only variables were employee perception and financial results. Simons explores the nature of integrity – a prized but elusive quality in leaders – and explains how to practice the values you and your company preach. getAbstract recommends this absorbing analysis to leaders, managers and staffers who aim for better results with honor.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How behavioral integrity manifests in leaders and managers
  • Why the measure of your integrity is in the eye of the beholder
  • How leaders’ integrity and their companies’ bottom line correlate
 

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“The Dollar Value of Your Impeccable Word”
In 2005, “integrity was the single most looked-up word on Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary website,” which defines it as “firm adherence to a code of values” – that is, total honesty and sincerity. Such traits form the core of leadership excellence...
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About the Author

Tony Simons is an associate professor of management and organizational behavior at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.


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