5 Tips to Living out Integrity Daily
Integrity is so important to personal and business success. It is the foundation upon which many other qualities are built upon such as respect, dignity, and trust, and without integrity whatever positive influence you have will disappear.
There are so many examples of companies that have abused their influence and sold their integrity. Recently, a company call MyPayrollHR suddenly closed and the money that they had deposited in people's bank accounts disappeared. The CEO of MyPayrollHR, Michael T. Mann, was arrested and charged with bank fraud for stealing $35 million dollars in payroll and tax deposits from their customers (Krebson Security, September 27, 2019). Hundreds, if not thousands, of people were negatively impacted by Mann's lack of integrity. It begs the question, "how long had he been stealing from his own company?"
You see, integrity is developed and maintained on a daily basis. It is about the decisions we in the small things everyday. Living out integrity daily is like building the foundation for a house. Everyday that we live with integrity is like building a firm foundation. And every time we live without integrity it is like a crack is formed in the house's foundation. Then when the stress of storm deepens the cracks it eventually crumbles under the pressure. It is them worthless until it can be rebuilt.
As with rebuilding a house, rebuilding one's reputation and integrity takes a lot of work and a lot of time, but it can be done. However, the best situation to be in is to not be in a situation to where you have to rebuild your integrity, influence and other's trust in you. So here are 5 tips to living out integrity daily:
1. Model consistency of character. People want to know that they can trust you all of the time instead of only some of time.
2. Be honest in your communication. As the old adage goes, "Honesty is the best policy". Honest communication will build and protect your trustworthiness.
3. Value transparency. Most people appreciate and have high regard for people who honest, transparent, and can admit their weaknesses. It allows them to relate to you better.
4. Fulfill your promises. Never make a promise you can't keep. Unintentionally, we often time we make promises that we can't keep. We promise to attend a meeting and then we don't show up. We say we'll have the project done on a certain date and we don't finish it on time. These also negatively impact our integrity and trustworthiness.
5. Embrace an attitude of service. Giving of yourself and your time to others shows them that you care about them and putting other people first demonstrates your character.
In summary, nothing can destroy you or your business faster than a lack of integrity. Don't fall into the trap of thinking that when you're the CEO, manager, leader or in a crisis you're going to make the right decision without focusing on integrity daily. A crisis only highlights one's true character and what they have built up until that time.
Based on "How to Influence People" by John C. Maxwell