There are many types of leadership approaches. However, when we think of defining leadership, there are mainly two definitions.

The first is what most people think of when they hear the term leader – a person who is the head of a group. Or, the second definition we usually think about is leading in sports or business. For example, Tiger Woods leads in golf and Apple Computers lead in portable music.

On the contrary, leadership is much much more than a person leading a group or leading in sports. People who try to lead a group of people usually give orders, or try to trick others into doing what the "leader" is telling them to do.

Through experience, many people have learned to be cautious of "leaders." They don't want to be tricked or taken advantage of.

If you want to develop types of leadership that are long-lasting you need to stay away from tricks and mistrust. If your followers sense any kind of trickery, you will lose the credibility you possible began with.

Developing trust in your followers demands integrity. This means that you will do what you say you will do – you will walk the talk.

Many leaders go wrong by making commitments that they can't keep. For this reason, it is essential what you say to your followers.

Being cautious with your promises will not turn people off. They will realize that you will only make promises that you will keep. They will simply be better followers because you won't need to back out of promises that you couldn't keep.

For example, if you were to promise a subordinate that you are going to give them a raise next year that is a problem.

Giving raises in most cases is out of a person's hands, especially if you don't know how the company will do throughout the year. It may be better to approach a raise with your followers reaching sales goals.

Sometimes keeping promises can be really inconvenient. However, it is to your benefit to do all you can to keep them, even if it requires a little inconvenience. If there ever comes a time when you do need to pull out of a promise, apologize and try to find some kind of compromise.

All types of leadership can benefit from incorporating integrity. Leaders who demonstrate integrity are a lot more successful.

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