*THREAD* Integrity and honesty - and why they matter. #dailyspark
Integrity is telling the truth, the whole truth & nothing but the truth…the spirit of truth. It’s about doing the right thing irrespective of where we are or who is watching us. It’s about holding ourselves to a high standard of doing things we say irrespective of circumstance.
Integrity is not about good or bad; it is about transparent consistency. It is standing for your convictions whether others agree or not, both when they are looking and when they are not.
Integrity is about:
- Treating others with respect, whether they deserve or demand it or not

- Act honorably, whether others are looking or not

- Behave today like we did yesterday. If there is a change, communicate it openly.

- being intellectually honest and seek truth.
Integrity is about expressing our true opinion when it is in the best interest of our organisations, even if it may not be in the best interest of us
Integrity is the Seed that Grows into Trust
“Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” – Stephen Covey
Leaders with integrity are primarily concerned about the quality of their character than their reputation.Your reputation is merely who others think you are,but character is who you really are, & people can often intuitively tell when you’re hiding behind a veil of inauthenticity
Let’s ask ourselves

1. Do I keep my word and my promises?
2. Do I maintain honest communication with others?
3. Do I make myself accountable?
A life of integrity means that we never have to spend time or energy questioning ourselves. When we listen to our hearts 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.
Your integrity is what determines your reputation, and, just as this proverb states…The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.
– Japanese Proverb
Step 1: Define Your Values
You can't live by values if you don't know what you truly believe in. So, start by defining your core values   . These are the values that, no matter what the consequence, you're not going to compromise on.
Step 2: Analyze Every Choice You Make
Often, people cut corners or make bad choices when they think no one is watching. Having integrity means that, no matter what, you make the right choice – especially when no one is watching!
Step 3: Encourage Integrity
People with integrity often have the same characteristics: they're humble, have high self-esteem, and they're self-confident. These characteristics are important, because, sometimes, you'll be under intense pressure from others to make the wrong choice
It’s a leadership challenge to Learn how to be assertive, so that you can defend an ethical position from an adult point of view, without whining or being aggressive.
Honesty Begets Honesty
Leaders are responsible for creating the culture we want to see. That means you have to be honest if we want our employees to be honest. As leaders, we’re the ones who set the tone for our company culture; all change starts with us.
Boosts Trust
To earn trust, you have to be trustworthy. Trust doesn’t happen overnight but when you dedicate yourself to running an honest practice, you build trust with your colleagues, team and stakeholders. When you do the right thing, people want to work with you.
Honesty reduces Unproductive Conflict
Conflict can actually be helpful, but in a dishonest environment, you’re going to find a lot of toxic, unproductive conflict happening.
Tips to create a culture of honesty:
- Reserve Your Judgement
Humans are hardwired for judgment. While it certainly has its place, judgment kills honesty.
- Create Feedback Systems
- Act on honest feedback
- Deal with dishonest behaviour
Integrity and honesty are not weaknesses but true leadership characters and strengths for team building and setting the culture right.
Let’s consider the legacy we will leave behind.

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