Integrity in training: leadership and education
- March 3, 2015
- Posted by: Rose_TrainingOZ15
- Category: Rose Training Blog
Rose Training talks what makes a good team leader in training and assessment.
You’ve probably heard the word ‘integrity’ flung about a bit when discussing workplace leadership, training and assessment, and education. But what does this word actually mean? Sure, we can have integrity, or at least, strive for it, but what exactly is the process of bringing about integrity in training, and why is it so important? In this week’s training and education blog, we are going to take you through the significance and positive flow-on effects of integrity and it’s place in developing and maintaining effective training and team leadership at your work.
What is integrity in training and why is it important?
Integrity is defined as ‘being honest and having strong moral principles’. Let’s break this definition down into two parts.
Part 1 – Honesty:
Honesty is defined as being ‘truthful and sincere’. Applying this in an educational context, we can soon understand that honesty is not only about being truthful to others, but also to yourself. What can honesty encompass in terms of integrity in training? An honest educator is one that doesn’t delude themselves and others into making decisions that may be profitable for their organisation but not beneficial for their students in the long run, be it on a practical or ethical basis. An honest educator is one that has an open mind, and understands that mistakes are inevitable but the important thing is to acknowledge these trip-ups and move on. Training is about empowering people through authenticity and sincerity, so an honest trainer will always be respected for their transparency and willingness to hold up their work to scrutiny and analysis.
Part 2 – Strong moral principles:
Recently we discussed the importance of not letting personal values overwhelm team decision making. Your moral or ethical compass as an educational leader may be slightly different to that of your students, and you must always weigh up your beliefs and that of the goal you are striving to achieve. That said, fruitful training leadership would not be as effective if it wasn’t founded on some kind of moral ground. Making decisions that are bad for the environment but good for your organisation’s overall financial profit, for example, is not a great example of integrity in training. Your students’ morals must be paramount in the decisions you make, and should be adhered to at all times. A leader who is steadfast in their commitment to bettering their organisation, students and the world around them, is a respected leader indeed.
How do I have integrity in training?
Integrity can be found in a plethora of social and administrative contexts at training. Indeed, the very idea of it must flow throw all your decisions as a training leader. We understand that may sound a little vague, so we put together a small list of scenarios where integrity in training could be found.
- Don’t let a fellow trainer or student take the blame for a mistake you made, or a decision you made that subsequently led to to this mistake occurring
- If a student confides in you or tells you something in confidence, honour that to the extent it is ethical and legal to do so
- If you are having trouble with a student or colleague, don’t spread rumours or discuss them behind their back. Invite them into a meeting where you can openly and honestly discuss your thoughts, and work together to resolve the issues between the both of you
- Listen to, acknowledge and appreciate advice and ideas from your colleagues and students
- If you make a promise to a fellow trainer or student it, honour it. If you cannot, let them know it is not possible and give them your reasons why
- Keep your educational practises sound, ethical and transparent. Don’t engage in activity that you know is illegal or morally questionable. And if you are unsure, research!
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