If you have not given a lot of thought to what it takes to consistently demonstrate integrity in the workplace then you might be in danger of falling short of effectively demonstrating it. Not many people can adequately define what integrity looks like in day-to-day leadership and management yet it is critical to both an individual’s reputation and success as well as the organisation they represent.
Here are some key lessons for leading with integrity.
Integrity is universally accepted as being important. This is precisely why it continues to be a sought-after trait when selecting and advancing employees.
Why then is it a challenge to put a common definition on what integrity is? Mainly because it is a multi-faceted concept. It encompasses different dimensions of human behaviour, values, and ethics. Just as we all differ in the values, behaviours and ethics that we hold, so we all bring our own understanding of what integrity means to us, based on our own foundation.
It can be true therefore, that if someone’s values and ethics are different to yours, so their version of integrity will be different too. Knowing that there is the potential for different interpretation doesn’t make it easier to recognise, and that is because integrity is also driven by internal qualities, which may not always be obvious to others.
Would you agree that if the following four principles were upheld, then they would appear to be a demonstration of integrity?
- Appointments must absolutely be respected.
- When asked for any information, the answer must be the truth.
- You can’t take money if it belongs to others or to other families.
- You should not sleep with another’s spouse or partner.
What if I told you…
You can read the latest whitepaper by clicking the link below. It takes a close look at the complexities of demonstrating integrity in leadership.