Integrity is the qualifications of being honest and having strong moral principles. It is being who you are when no one else is looking. It is standing for your convictions whether others agree or not, both when they are looking and when they are not. Integrity is a personal choice. It is the essence of who you choose to be when hard choices press you and you are left to take decision.
Warren Buffett said: “You’re looking for three things, generally, in a person: intelligence , energy and integrity . And if they don’t have the last one, don’t even bother with the first two. I tell them: Everyone here has the intelligence and energy; you wouldn’t be here otherwise. But the integrity is up to you. You weren’t born with it, you can’t learn it in school.”
Integrity is an important virtue that is scarce in our society these days. We have lost our moral principles. People are wont to cut corners to get anything they want, and those who chose to do things in the right way end up becoming victims of injustice. This shouldn’t be. For a person or a nation to move forward, integrity is a virtue that must be imbibed.
According to an article written from the School of Herring titled “Why integrity matters”, the following are the characteristics a persons with high integrity must possess. He / She must:
Act honorably, whether others are looking or not
Treat others with respect, whether they deserve or demand it or not
Behave today like they did yesterday. If there is a change, they communicate it openly.
Express their true opinion when it is in the best interest of the organization, even if it may not be in the best interest of themselves
Admit their mistakes
Are intellectually honest and seek truth.

The above characteristics sums it up. People with high level of integrity earn the trust of others. Those who demonstrate integrity draw others to them because they are trustworthy and dependable. They are principled and can be counted on to behave in honorable ways even when no one is watching. Leadership also calls for integrity. A leader who has integrity and competence is a very valuable asset to organizations, and over time tends to be more effective.
Dear readers, the call today is that as we build upon our personal growth daily, integrity is a compulsory virtue we must imbibe. In any environment we find ourselves, people must see and be able to testify to our uncompromising integrity, with this, we will be able to access the doors to greatness. Let your integrity speak! This is an important and honourable virtue you must possess as you grow.

Till next time, growth is life, endeavor to grow daily, growwithbolanle.


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