The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality
By Henry Cloud
HarperBusiness, Hardcover, 9780060849689, 292pp.
Publication Date: February 7, 2006
Integrity. It is more than simple honesty. It's the key to success. A person with integrity has the -- often rare -- ability to pull everything together, to make it all happen no matter how challenging the circumstances.
Drawing on experiences from his work with Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, and individual leaders, Dr. Henry Cloud, a clinical psychologist and nationally syndicated radio host, shows how our character can keep us from achieving all we want to (or could) be.
In Integrity, Dr. Cloud explores the six qualities of character that define integrity. He uses stories from well-known business leaders like Michael Dell and sports figures like Tiger Woods to illustrate each of these qualities. He shows us 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
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.
“[Integrity] lays out a transparent way to be a terrific leader by drawing on and improving your best traits.”
-New York Times
“Let Henry Cloud teach you how to live an authentic life. This is a must-read!”
-Ken Blanchard, Co-Author, The One-Minute Manager
“Dr. Henry Cloud is an expert in helping leaders see hos their character development is essential to their effectiveness.”
-Denis Beausejour, Consultant and former Global Vice President of Marketing, The Procter & Gamble Company
“Dr. Cloud will show you how to produce the results you are looking for in your work and personal life.”
-Dr. Phil McGraw, #1 New York Times bestselling author and host of the Dr. Phil show