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You must do at all times to be widely accepted and get the full support of everybody around you to preserve your Integrity jealously. Your Integrity is like a seal of trust that must be intact at all times; you lose the trust and acceptance of people around you.
Think of few brands that have been in the market for quite some time; they have managed to stay afloat and widely accepted because they have done everything possible to maintain well-preserved Integrity.
What does “integrity” mean anyway?
According to www.Dictionary.com, “integrity” is:
Moral and ethical ideals are followed; moral character is strong; honesty is there. To preserve the empire’s Integrity, it must be whole, complete, or undiminished. The Integrity of a ship’s hull is in good, undamaged, or perfect condition.
What Can I do in My Life to Preserve my Integrity?
Verify that you consistently adhere to your moral principles.
Are there areas you could work on? Are you faithful to core beliefs? Ensure that your communication is honest. Be honest with yourself and others. The more you do this, the easier it becomes. It would help if you listened to your gut when issues arise about your Integrity. When you are doing something, not in your moral value system, you will get this feeling. If you refuse to listen to it, regrets await you later. So, listen to your gut n feelings. If you feel that something is pushing your Integrity, investigate what it is. Usually, it is your way of saying, wow, this is wrong!
Given that there is so much corruption in the world right now, while the word integrity may never get as common-place as you would want it to be, it is also one that would never go out of mention. It challenges the norm with all of the audacity and questioning ability that can be mustered. Integrity is not an endpoint, and it, like benevolence, is a concept that develops through time, one that might benefit from some helpful hints and pointers for those wanting to follow its highly regarded route. Consistency is the way to go when it comes to preserving Integrity.
Be Complete and Strict
Integrity can also refer to a firm commitment to a rigid moral or ethical code, as well as the state of being undamaged, soundness, and the attribute or condition of being entire or undivided.
The year is 2009, and the date is January 16th. The day after, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger of Danville, California, safely navigated his loaded passenger airplane over New York City and crashed it in the Hudson River. All 155 occupants are safe and appear to have escaped serious injury – only minor scrapes and bruises. The national media is awash in reports and first-hand conversations with passengers who are now safe, warm, and dry, as well as their rescuers and safety experts, who describe the nightmare. The incident was called “Miracle on the Hudson” by NBC.
Now is the time to take a breath. Consider your values as if you were required to list and describe them. What are your guiding principles? If you’re like most people and businesses, Integrity is high on your priority list. But what does the word ‘ Integrity (perhaps the greatest virtue) mean? What exactly does that imply to you? How do you demonstrate your value for honesty to people daily? How did you come to have such a strong sense of morality? How can you improve this trait to maintain your Integrity? What difference does it make?
For the most part, Integrity is “doing what you say you’ll do” or “behaving yourself while no one is looking.” These are helpful integrity tests, but they don’t fully explain how to preserve Integrity. A building’s structural Integrity is described as its “uncompromised ability to safely resist the appropriate loads.” A person’s structural Integrity’s ability to effectively resist challenges to virtue could be characterized as an “uncompromised ability to appropriately resist challenges to virtue.” How can we cultivate this unwavering devotion to a solid moral code, this “sound” attitude to adversity?
To Preserve Integrity, you Require Due Diligence.
Integrity, like most things we do well, requires work. The correct phrases to use when referring to the human virtue of Integrity is “to practice integrity.” Out of habit, a person speaks and acts with honesty. When one has lived long enough to know one’s own intrinsic potential to work on whim, caprice, or selfishness rather than sincerely held conviction, Integrity is the consequence of preparation and choice.
Integrity develops as a result of training, and it improves with the quality, length, and devotion to the program’s goals. Integrity is based on well-established neurological circuits that trigger particular attitudes and behaviors, resulting in seemingly instinctive correct actions. On the other hand, right behaviors result from human desire and practice, not animal instinct.
“Authentic self-expression that creates value via relationships” is my favorite value-based definition of leadership. This encompasses both interpersonal and event-related ties. You have Integrity when your self-expression begins to continuously contribute value throughout time, via every human encounter, every decision, and every split-second reaction to events.
Aim for Integrity by practicing identifying what is right, declaring that you will do what is right, explaining how and why you will do what is right, and doing so whether or not anybody else is watching.
You can bet there are at least 154 persons in the world who appreciate the value Chesley Sullenberger brought to their lives during their brief interactions. What does “Sully” Sullenberger have to do with honesty and Flight 1549? Sullenberger is said to be a U.S. Air Force pilot. During his time in the Air Force in the 1970s, he flew F-4 fighter planes. In the 1980s, he began flying commercial jets.
“He’s all about executing that airplane to the exact perfection with which it’s built,” her hero-wife husband explains. He leads a safety consulting firm that focuses on the psychology of keeping aircraft crews functional in crises in addition to working for U.S. Airways. He worked for the National Transportation Safety Board as a security analyst.
It’s reasonable that he’s also a glider pilot. This talent undoubtedly assisted in landing an Airbus A320 with both engines on fire in a controlled descent on a virtually frozen river rather than in the middle of a densely populated neighborhood in one of the world’s most densely inhabited cities.
As he piloted his plane toward the freezing Hudson waters, Sullenberger’s instincts didn’t kick in; instead, practice – the practice of Integrity – kicked in. This man decided early in life that safety and human lives were essential enough for him to devote his life to ensuring their preservation. He trained, researched, and learned day after day, year after year, with those goals in mind. What began as a pilot’s perilous first flight evolved into unconscious competence – the proper attitudes, habits, decisions, actions, and demeanor to save lives in a crisis – over 40 years of experience.
Preserve Integrity To Inspire Personal Growth (With Your Learning Partner)
What would your life be like if you practiced Integrity more consistently and with greater intention? How can you improve your honesty daily? What are your ethics, and what do you need to change to represent them better? To help you practice Integrity and take these steps, find an accountability partner or hire a coach.
Integrity serves as the glue that holds all of your other virtues together. What are your other guiding principles? What is the significance? What role do these values define who you are, how you think and act, and how others perceive you? What words and actions do others notice in you daily that represent your values? What is the goal of your life that you are willing to practice day after day, year after year, to be prepared for the unforeseen occurrence that may serve as the ultimate test of your Integrity?
To become the person of Integrity you aim to be, what specific attitudes, habits, and behaviors must you practice regularly?
Describe a time or incident when you were at your most self-assured and exhibited Integrity. Describe a current event in your life where you could, in your heart, use the same level of Integrity as you did in your previous example. Make plans to check in with your learning partner in the coming month to see how you’re both doing with Integrity. Hold each other accountable for your actions.
We must work considerably more challenging to regain our Integrity if we lose it. When we lose our integrity, it isn’t easy to regain others’ trust. If you don’t maintain your Integrity as a leader, you’ll lose credibility with your followers. They’re unsure if they can trust you or if you’re truthful with them. People are hesitant to respond positively to leaders that lack honesty. Why would you want to follow someone you don’t know? They may execute their work, but they will not be entirely committed to you or your company.