Having integrity is fundamental to success in any organization or business. Individuals would thrive in relationships if trust and integrity are the bedrock. Without integrity, there is no true leadership.
We would discuss integrity under five headings:
– when we talk about mechanical integrity, we mean a program of activities necessary to ensure that important equipment will be suitable for its intended application throughout the life of the operation. It is a very important part of the process safety management program. This program is intended to ensure the integrity of equipment through the appropriate inspecting, testing, and preventive maintenance.
– which data can we depend on? Which data will provide the right information? The integrity of data must not be compromised. Data only really becomes of value when it is turned into information, so understanding which data will provide the right information is important. At times those inputting the data can make mistakes or even manipulate the data. This leads to wrong or false data. Without data integrity throughout the organization, wrong information will be generated and wrong decisions will be made obviously. Organizations must learn to employ staff with integrity and passion rather than just skill because if you employ one who is only skillful but lacks integrity, you may have as well just hired a sophisticated crook!
– how many times have we bought a product that failed to deliver what the brand promised? How did we then feel about the brand? Do we return to that brand the next time we visit that store? When your products fail to deliver what you promised, its integrity is compromised and once integrity is compromised, there will be no trust in that product. Organizations must work very hard to ensure their word is their bond. Compromising on the quality of products is a very dangerous thing as you never can tell who and where that product would get to.
– We become role models, whether we like it or not. Why? Because someone is watching us and learning by our examples directly or indirectly. Integrity is a hallmark of ethical leadership – companies, clients, co-workers, stakeholders, churches, communities, and families want leaders that they can trust, and when you demonstrate integrity, you show everyone you can be trusted and respected. Leaders of organizations have great influence over the culture of the organization and nothing influences more than their integrity. Leaders are judged by how their actions reflect their words. Many at times leaders who should be examples are the ones compromising on standards in the organization. They expect followers to do what they say and not what they do. Once a leader’s integrity is under doubt, his/her trust and respect would be questionable. Promotion and recommendation usually come amongst other factors on the basis of integrity
– This has to do with you. There is this story of Gonzales.
Reuben Gonzales was a leading racquetball player. In his first ever professional tournament Gonzales reached the final. He held match point in the fifth and final game when he made a terrific “kill shot” into the front corner to win the tournament. The ball was called good and all were ready to congratulate the new champion when Gonzales turned around and declared that his shot had hit the floor before it reached the wall. He lost his serve and his opponent went on to win the match and the tournament.
The next issue of National Racquetball Magazine featured Gonzales on its cover. Everyone wanted to know why Gonzales did it – why would a professional sportsman disqualify himself after he had just been declared the winner of match point?
Gonzales reply was simple: “It was the only thing I could do to maintain my integrity.”
What do you respond when asked where are you? Upon non-completion of a project within the deadline, do you explain or fabricate lies to your boss to cover up? When you can’t meet up with meetings do you call to explain? Integrity is the choice between what is convenient and what is right. It is doing the right thing even if nobody is watching. Choosing your thoughts and actions based on values rather than personal gain. Staying true to yourself and your values, even when you’re faced with serious consequences for the choices that you’re making like losing your job or marriage. It, along with honesty, is non-negotiable.
Integrity is a choice we make, and it’s a choice we must keep making, over and over and over again. Your integrity and trust are built over time, but they can both be destroyed in a second. One must learn to admit mistakes and quickly make corrections not trying to hide your mistakes or ignore them.
And so the golden question is are you a person of integrity?
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- Story Source: reported by Dennis Waitley, Being the Best.