“Integrity: the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.”
Oxford Dictionary of English.
In an ideal world everyone would be working with integrity as their guiding light. As scandals and corruption cases are the exceptions rather than the rule, it seems fair to suggest the majority of people do in fact behave in this way.
Our integrity is made evident through our words and actions. Going about our business with integrity does not mean tough decisions never need to be made. On occasions we will have to deal with such things, but integrity keeps us true to our principles.
Within the personal attribute of integrity, the ‘grit’ element is a fundamental component. It is the cutting edge which slashes through insincerity and hypocrisy. Office politics and power games have no chance to prosper when integrity prevails in the workplace.
Yet integrity is not acquired through practice in the training room. The seed of integrity, in us all, has to be nurtured in an environment that places importance on ethical behaviour. With an appreciation of such things business leaders can ensure integrity flourishes.
As Spencer Johnson noted, “Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.”
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).