Great Leaders have an abundance of INTEGRITY – but what is it, and how do you rate..?
As defined by the dictionary, is “the quality of being honest or having strong moral principles.”
People with integrity are generally known to be trustworthy, honest, and kind. This is a quality that everyone should strive for.
Additionally, everyone should also strive to surround themselves with people who have true integrity.
So how do you score on the INTEGRITY scale – and what about those around you..?
Take a look at these 10 traits, and see how you (and they) add up…
- TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR ACTIONS
Integrity is all about having a high level of honesty. When someone takes responsibility for their actions, you know that they are an honest person. It’s not always easy to take responsibility for things that happen, but it is the right thing to do. People with integrity choose to do the right thing, even when it’s hard.
- PUTTING OTHERS’ NEEDS ABOVE YOUR OWN
In a world that is so focused on individualism, it is good to find someone who focuses on what’s good for the collective community. People who put the needs of others above their own needs or desires show true integrity. Of course, they don’t do this simply to get praise and recognition. Someone with true integrity is only interested in doing the right thing. Do you qualify..?
- OFFERING TO HELP OTHERS IN NEED
Seth Meyers, Psy.D, says that volunteer work is a great place to find people who have integrity. This is because people with true integrity have no qualms offering their time to help people in need. They want to help those who are less fortunate than themselves, or those who have the potential to learn and develop. What is more, they do so happily. Someone with true integrity will be found helping those in need or with the potential to improve.
- GIVING OTHERS THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT
Someone with integrity doesn’t jump to conclusions. They always give others the chance to explain themselves, and they then move forward in consensus, considering those other points of view, and then making the right decision. Someone with integrity knows that things aren’t always as they seem and that each person has a unique point of view that deserves to be heard. As such, they choose to give the benefit of the doubt instead of doubting their view.
- CHOOSING HONESTY IN ALL THINGS
Little white lies can be tempting, but someone with true integrity doesn’t give in to this particular impulse. Integrity means being honest, and someone with true integrity will live this quality every day. You can always trust these kinds of people to give you their honest opinion, and it will be a point of view that you can value.
- SHOWING RESPECT TO EVERYONE
Respect is often considered something that must be earned – however someone with integrity gives respect to everyone they meet, from the very start. Someone with true integrity knows that everyone deserves respect and deserves to be treated like a human being. People with true integrity will never be caught being rude to waiters or customer service workers.
- MANIFESTING HUMILITY
A person with integrity will be proud of their accomplishments, and they will at the same time be humble. In other words, they know the difference between confidence and arrogance. A person with true integrity will know their strengths as well as their shortcomings. They recognise their strong points, yet they’re always striving to improve themselves in some way.
- BEING ABLE TO ADMIT THEY’RE WRONG
Who likes to admit they have been wrong? It isn’t fun, and it can be a humbling experience. However, a person with true integrity has no problem admitting when they’re wrong, or when they made a mistake. You will find they are always the first to stop, admit their mistakes, and apologise if need be.
- SHOWING REGULAR RELIABILITY
A person with true integrity will always show up to an obligation. When they say you can count on them for something, you know they will keep their word. Integrity is all about being the best person you can be, and reliability is a key part of that. People with true integrity will never flake on you if they can help it. You can confidently rely on them.
- CONVEYING TRUE KINDNESS
Above all, people with integrity are kind and generous. They’re not the type of person to say something they don’t mean. They won’t say something nice to your face and something cruel to your back. A person with true integrity knows that there is strength in being unrelentingly kind.
- “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” – Oprah Winfrey
Integrity is a trait that everyone should strive for. These traits and behaviours will help anyone move towards becoming a person with true integrity. Of course, and ironically, people with true integrity do these things because it’s the right thing to do – not to be praised for their integrity! That is part of the beauty of someone who lives a life of integrity.
[Article originally published https://www.powerofpositivity.com/integrity-traits/ ]