Tonight during the sad defeat of Maryland by Duke, (free throws anyone?) the big news everyone was talking about was the trouble that Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson had gotten himself into.  It seems that while coach of Oklahoma, he couldn’t abide by the rules when it came to recruiting new players.  He was put on restrictions at that school, and has since lied to the investigators looking into the matter.  This has forced more restrictions on him, even though he now coaches at a new school, Indiana.

The admin at IU are taking this very seriously, and this could possibly effect Coach Sampson’s future at the school.  The moral of this story is Integrity Matters.    When you don’t play by the rules, and when you try to cover your tracks, it will follow you– especially if you are in leadership.   At the time of his violations, Coach Sampson was heading the Ethics Summit for the NABC!  A leader has got to be on their A game all the time when it comes to honesty and openness. 

It can be tempting to stage a cover up, especially for christian leaders.  We feel like we have got to be perfect, right?  But the opposite is true, we’ve got to be open and accountable.  (By the way, as leaders, we also have to be quick to forgive and show grace.  It is out job to lift up, not to tear down.)

This is not one of those deals where the cheaters prosper.  It may feel that way sometimes, but the Bible is clear.  Proverbs 11:3 puts it this way: The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.  I love the distinciton here.  Do we want to be guided or torn apart?  Integrity keeps aware of where we are going.  You don’t need GPS when you’re familiar with the territory!  But start trying to cover up and dodge, and soon you don’t know which way you’re going; it’s only a matter of time.

If you’re a leader at your job, at home, at school, your homeowners association, among your friends, whatever, the challenge is there.  If you play by your own rules,  you will fall at some point.  But lead with integrity, and you will tear a clear path ahead for yourself and for all who follow you.


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