Leadership, Integrity, and Conflict by Badaracco

1. The article was easy to read and even easier to apply. In my standard an article that seems applicable on the surface level is clearly written and purposeful read.

2. The article was organized in a readable and point by point structure. The outline was nearly created by headers and paragraph structuring. Once again the article was well written and organized which enhanced the readability.

3. The author has interviewed six successful, top executives and then relays the common ground of effective leadership tactics. Because the author based his writings on the knowledge of several top manager, he took a logical stance of arguing the characteristics and components of leadership, integrity, and conflict.


Leadership, Integrity, and Conflict Outline

I. Personal Values, Beliefs, and Assumptions

   A. Assumptions about Human Behavior : workers need to find meaning in life through their work and that meaning derives worthy purposes.

   B. Strong Personal Ethics: ethical values “lie at the heart of the organization” (47).

   C. Positive Belief in Others: belief in the “good will and latent” ability of others (47).

   D. Compelling Vision: strong vision for the company and who it wants to be in the market place.

II. Organizational Aims (five group clusters):

    A. Meritocracy of supreme talent.

    B. People have a deeply shared sense of goals and purposes for the company.

    C. “Open and candid” lines of communication.

    D. An environment is created where autonomy is met.

    E. A desire for high ethical standards.

 III. Belief, Values, and Aim in Action: Dealing with Conflict

    A. Constructive Confrontation of Conflict: Leaders confront, exploit, and essentially embody conflict.

    B. Not a Heavy Handed Approach.

    C. Focus on Substance not Personalities.

IV. Confrontation and Integrity

    A. Reinforcing Shared Goals and Purposes

    B. Furthering Meritocracy

    C. Facilitating open, candid debate over issues

    D. Enabling Greater Autonomy

    E. Strengthening  the Commitment to High Ethical Standards.

    F. Personal Example

    G. Sensitivity to Timing

    H. Systems and Structures.

11. The most important point that the author made was successful leadership pursues integrity. Beyond the main point, he made the following highlight points:

                1. Constructive criticism and conflict can foster deep and real relationships that carry an

                organization to new heights of prosperity.

                2. All people in the organization must have a sense of the company’s goals and purposes.

                3. Leadership takes different forms but the integrity of the leadership directs the entire


12. The question that awoke in me as I read the article was is this leadership only possible if you are in the power of leadership or can the theories be manipulated to apply to several different leadership roles with in a company or life in general?


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