In a world where headlines are often dominated by those who make the wrong choices, people who make the right ones can seem to be rare. However, it feels good to live and work with integrity and, when we become known for this highly valued trait, our lives and our careers can flourish.
What is integrity?
Integrity as defined by the dictionary, is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.
Integrity also means standing by your word in everything you do.
When we live our lives with integrity, it means that we are always honest, and we let our actions speak for who we are and what we believe in. Integrity is a choice we make, and it’s a choice we must keep making, every moment of our lives.
Living a life of integrity means that we never have to spend time or energy questioning ourselves. When we listen to our heart and do the right thing, life becomes simple, our life, and our actions, are open for everyone to see, and we don’t have to worry about hiding anything.
When we have integrity, we are dependable, and we hold ourselves accountable for our actions, we become role models for others to follow.
People who live and work with integrity are more likely to be considered for promotions , because integrity is a hallmark for ethical leadership. Organizations want leaders that they can trust, and when you demonstrate integrity, you show everyone you can be trusted.
How can you develop your integrity?
Developing integrity requires internal honesty, because we can’t be honest with others unless we are honest with ourselves. Integrity allows other people to trust us because they know that we value our commitments and seek to live by them. Here are a few points you need to know to help develop or preserve your integrity.
-Keep your word, and don’t make promises that you know you can’t keep. Speak your thoughts and feelings honestly, never use your words to mask the truth. Rather, make your words be the carrier of truth.
-Always take responsibility for your actions. If you make a mistake, own up to it immediately and do what ever it takes to right the situation.
-Avoid white lies; they may seem harmless, but little lies are still lies. Always tell the truth.
-Analyze deeply, every choice you make; having integrity means that no matter what, you make the right choices, especially when no one is watching.
-Always remember that honesty and integrity aren’t values that you should live by when it’s convenient, but rather values you should live by all the time.
-Let your values be defined; you can’t live by values if you don’t know what you truly believe in. Know your core values. These are values that no matter what happens, you know you’re not going to compromise on.
It only takes a single bad choice to destroy a lifetime’s worth of integrity. So, in all that you do, integrity must always be your watch word.
Live by a Moral Code.