I like Webster’s II New Riverside University Dictionary’s definition of integrity. It states that integrity is “firm adherence to a code or standard of values.” Do you know someone who lacks integrity? Whose walk does not match his talk? How do you handle that person? Most people just talk ABOUT the person. But this is a disservice. Wouldn’t you want someone to tell you if your slip were showing, or if there was a stain on your tie, or if there was piece of parsley stuck between your front teeth? At least for the point of professionalism and courtesy, we should point out to someone that he is behaving in a manner that lacks integrity.
Our walk is a reflection of who we are and how we do business. What we say and how we say it “behind closed doors”, in the circle of our closest and most trusted friends, and what we do when no one is looking is who we truly are. Who we are eventually becomes public knowledge. Whether or not we realize it is public knowledge. We may think no one sees through us, but over time, we become quite transparent. Inconsistencies, not telling the whole truth, saying one thing to one person and something else to another are all evidence that we lack integrity.
It takes time to build trust and rapport. What we say and do impacts everyone around us in one way or another. Over time, behaviors that lack integrity erode confidence and trust of others in us.
Over the next week, listen to your talk and take note of your walk. Does what you say are your values match your actions? Do you have integrity? How are you impacting others and your environment? Improve your integrity quotient and make a positive difference in the world around you.