Jon Huntsman, Sr, a multi-billionaire who started a chemical company from scratch and grew it into a $12 billion enterprise says in his book, Winners Never Cheat, “there are no moral shortcuts in the game of business or life. “There are, basically, three kinds of people, the unsuccessful, the temporarily successful, and those who become and remain successful. The difference is character.”
Best-selling author and speaker, Brian Tracy defines it this way – Integrity means doing the right thing because it is the right thing to do. And that’s what makes success. Integrity is a character trait that speaks volumes about the values we hold and how we live our lives. It matters both in our personal lives and in our professional lives.
To have integrity is exemplified by a sense of honesty, dependability, and consistency of character. You are accountable for what you say that are going to do. You are not looking for ways to cheat, bilk or defraud other or the company. There is an adherence to company policies and procedures even as they own up to their own mistakes. You can be counted on to behave in honorable ways even when no one is watching. People who demonstrate integrity might not draw others to themselves. But where it matters most, they are viewed as trustworthy and dependable.
Make it your life’s goal to be a person of integrity always no matter how many temptations or challenges you face.
Food for thought – If 10 people who have worked with you were questioned about your reputation and integrity, what would they say? How will you be remembered?