Is integrity important might seem like a stupid question.
I don’ think it is as not everyone has it.
I believe integrity is important in every area of our life. It is critical to our success in our business.
What is Integrity?
“The word “integrity” stems from the Latin adjective integer (whole, complete). In this context, integrity is the inner sense of “wholeness” deriving from qualities such as honesty and consistency of character. As such, one may judge that others “have integrity” to the extent that they act according to the values, beliefs and principles they claim to hold”. …….. a part of the Wikipedia definition.
I think the reference to acting in accordance with the values, beliefs and principles we claim to hold is central to integrity. In other words do we walk our talk?
I like what Oprah has to say about it.
Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.
– Oprah Winfrey.
I was prompted to not only make the video below but to write this post on is integrity important from something that happened in my life a couple of days ago. It is a true example of Oprah’s reference to doing the right thing. The video is only a couple of minutes long.
Isn’t that a cool story?
I think that was more of an example of honesty but then honesty is a part of integrity.
Is integrity important on a personal basis?
Of course it is. It is about being true to ourselves?
Do we run to our own tune, stick to our values and say no to what is not right for us? This is all part of having integrity.
Have the courage to say no.
Have the courage to face the truth.
Do the right thing because it is right.
These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.
– W. Clement Stone.
I have struggled with saying no many times in my life. Doing things I did not want to do for fear of hurting someone else. It is not being true to ourselves.
Is Integrity important in business?
Of course it is important. In fact I do not think business can survive long term without integrity.
If you have been reading my blog for any time you would know I used to work with Robert Kiyosaki, the author of Rich Dad Poor Dad. I have know Robert for over 20 years and he has always taught the importance of integrity for success in business. For him it is one of the critical factors to success.
Lack of integrity can be a tradesman who says he will come at 9 AM and is still not there late afternoon. On a bigger scale it is the likes of an Enron scandal.
I believe there is so much lack of integrity in business today that we get a shock when we get great service and someone does what they say they will do. Shouldn’t that be the norm?
Is integrity important?
If you don’t have integrity, you have nothing.
You can’t buy it.
You can have all the money in the world, but if you are not a moral and ethical person, you really have nothing.
– Henry Kravis
What do you think? Is integrity important? Do you think everyone has it? Please leave me your comments below and I would love it if you share this post.
Make it a great day.
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