Integrity can be difficult to define precisely because it is not a black and white or cut and dry definition to most. In our society, many people follow different sets of moral code, that can be defined individually and fall into many gray areas. However, fundamentally, integrity is the ability to do what you say you will do and take action toward the principles you believe in. There are two most common words associated with a person of integrity, these are honesty and trustworthiness.
The practice of integrity is also linked with a lack of self interest, an ability to make decisions that serve the greater good by exemplifying righteousness and decency. Here are 7 blogs that illuminate what it is to have integrity in a mostly ‘me-me’ society.
- This important blog by Joel Wade highlights how to excel with the practice of integrity and how it translates into everything in our lives from work to relationships. He is all about the idea that a positive impact in society can be a small act of integrity that resonates and changes the people and environment around you.
- This blog by Seth Meyers Psy.D., gives us a clear definition of actionable signs that you are a person with integrity. The good news is, one can change their practices to increase the level of integrity they carry through in life. Sometimes we are simply unaware that what we are doing may impact someone else negatively, just being mindful of others with a few small changes, can find us close to living with integrity.
- James Bach’s blog lays out a workable strategy for cultivating integrity in both your personal and professional life. After he gives us some precious little antidotes on integrity, he follows with some personal experience of his own life that is both fascinating and inspiring. We are all tested on our ethical values at one time or another, this blog helps one define that ‘feeling’ that comes with being asked to do or say something that doesn’t feel right to us. Standing up for your own values is having integrity.
- This is an interesting read as it reveals the perspective of integrity to communication in business relationships. He considers integrity to be ‘the roof under which knowledge and authority dwell’. The take away here is that in order to communicate effectively you must be heard, and in order to be heard you must grant a message that offers integrity.
- Integrity is about first identifying your core values, then living in accordance with those with honesty and keeping your word. Put time into relationships with like minded people who display integrity.
- A wholly authentic perspective on creative integrity comes in the form of Bill Watterson’s musings, commencement speech and his comics Calvin and Hobbes. The idea is one would be happier to invent one’s own meaning out of life, and that creating a life that satisfies is a rare yet great achievement.
- This blog centers on the element of honesty and trust as its concerned with integrity. A long list of the most common forms of dishonesty serve to frame this article, including everything from false recognition to denial and a lack of transparency.
When one really thinks about it, everything depends on the honesty that is at the core of integrity. If we didn’t have trust, relationships would fail, public leader figures would not be sincere and information would be so fragmented and spun that all we would ever be is guarded, and that is surely no way to live.
‘The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.”-Japanese Proverb
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Larissa Gomes is a breast cancer survivor and single mom to her spirited baby boy! Originally from Toronto turned Angeleno, she has worked in roles from writer, actor and producer for well over a decade. In that time, she’s developed concepts, film and television screenplays, short stories, along with freelance articles, blogging and editing work.