- The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality
- Narrated by: Henry Cloud
- Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 15-02-06
- Language: English
- Publisher: HarperAudio
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
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.
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By Sorina on 25-05-18
As part of training, I spotted a recommendation to read Integrity by Henry Cloud. Company training, especially reading, is generally deemed as mind-numingly boring but this time, it's jackpot! I'd say the book should be part of school curriculum and be studied and applied in every aspect of life at all stages.
Some of my favourite quotes are:
“Character = the ability to meet the demands of reality.”
“If people are really narcissistic or have a need to be seen as more than they really are, or to be admired as having it all together, then they cannot be followed and trusted by others.”
“The greatest people are the ones who have not sought greatness, but served greatly the causes, values, and missions that were much bigger than them.”
“some things are not going to move, and we are the smaller ship that must adjust our course and steer in a different direction if we are going to make it.”
“the difference between winners and losers is not that winners never lose. The difference is that winners lose well, and losers lose poorly.”
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By Ian on 01-03-06
An Audiobook That Everyone Should Hear
I only downloaded this book a couple of days ago and I'm already on my second listen. Harry Cloud speaks very well and seems to truly know his subject matter. Although nothing is truly ground-breaking or life-altering about this book it is a great reminder about why we should strive to improve our character and our integrity. He says we should do it not just for its own sake but because it will help us in every aspect of our lives, from our careers to our relationships.
While I was listening, I found myself applying what he said to myself and also the people that I know. It helped me more fully understand what it takes to become "integrated" and more respected and liked by others.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
By Ann on 08-05-12
Finally - clearly defined components of Character!
Would you listen to Integrity again? Why?
Yes it is packed for solid and applicable information for all aspects of your life.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Integrity?
How Dr Cloud introduces the terms and applies real stories for application. His story telling approach makes the concepts very useful.
Which scene was your favorite?
No specific one - all good!
If you could give Integrity a new subtitle, what would it be?
Character Integration & Transparency or Heart and Will: Creating a Win - Win
Any additional comments?
Truly a must read for all brave enough to Lead were no one else wants to go.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful