Blog 15 Values of a Person of Integrity
- Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code.
- The state of being unimpaired; soundness.
- The quality or condition of being whole or undivided; completeness.
Integrity is a characteristic that makes most lists describing good leaders. As you read the list of definitions of integrity below, evaluate yourself as to how you match up. If you want to become a better leader, with integrity, choose one to work on.
You are a person of integrity if:
- You are the same person in every circumstance. While we may act differently when with friends or family or coworkers, we should display the same integrity in every case, no matter who you are talking to, or what context you are in, or how much you have had to drink or how tired you are. Consistency.
- You are quick to acknowledge mistakes your mistakes, such as failed communication or broken promises.
- You are who you say you are. Your actions match your words.
- You are honest. Never surrendering to the draw of the white lie. Truth is a high value for you.
- You are a person of few excuses. You never use “sorry” as an excuse or to get out of something. If you say “sorry”, you also look at how to correct the situation.
- You are never satisfied with producing low quality work. You always do your best.
- You make the tough calls. You know when to shut down a useless endeavor, when to address concerns of team members, and when to challenge someone to do better. You do not allow problems to simmer.
- You do not throw others under the bus to save yourself. You take personal responsibility.
- You are trustworthy. If you promote a new event or project, people trust that you will do the work necessary to make it the best it can be.
- You want to be understood, not just heard. You learn how to communicate well.
- You are quick to give credit where credit is due. You never claim credit for another’s ideas or work.
- You respect people, whether a boss or employee, whether a team member or a client.
- You are persistent, and follow through, not giving up easily. You look for ways to makes something work, rather than an excuse to give up.
- You are ethical. You are more concerned about doing the right things than just doing things right. You do the right things even when no one is looking.
- You have a high regard for the standards of your profession, calling, and position.
I hope you measure up to these 15 values, if not, you might choose one or two to start working on right now. Leaders, let’s be people of integrity.
Keep Looking up,