So what’s integrity? It comes from the root word “integral” meaning whole and complete. So to have integrity means to be whole and complete. A boat with a hole in it lacks integrity and would sink. A balloon with a hole in it lacks integrity and the air will escape.
Unfortunately, too many people these days don’t have integrity. It’s because they live by the formula: RESULTS = NO RESULTS + A GOOD EXCUSE. In other words, people actually believe that not producing a result is the same as producing a result, as long as you have a good excuse. IT’S NOT THE SAME. If you don’t do what you say, you didn’t do what you said and no excuse matters.
What I have learned is that when you have integrity, you can count on you, others can count on you, you feel good about you, others feel good about you, and you hold yourself accountable for what you say. That is why with integrity, everything works.
If this makes sense to you, and I hope it does, start noticing how you operate in the arena of integrity. Do you honor yourself as your word? Do you keep your promises? Do you do what you say you will do as you say you will do it and when you say you will do it by?
If you see you operate with integrity, acknowledge yourself and keep up the good work. If you see there is a gap between how you operate in the arena of integrity and how you could operate, get to work bridging the gap. Go back and clean up any areas where you can see you didn’t operate with integrity. Get them all handled and move forward from that point and start operating with integrity.
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Scott Hunter is the founder and CEO of Unshackled Leadership, a team of individuals committed to providing organizations with unique tools, strategies, and resources for the development of extraordinary relationships and teamwork in the workplace.