When we talk about showing integrity, what do we really mean? It’s one of those qualities that is regularly brought up when we discuss the topic of leadership, yet difficult to pin down a definition to it.
Actually, a clue to this has been given way back in our schooling days…during Maths classes! I am referring to the root word from which integrity is derived—integer.
What is an integer? It is a number that is whole. There are no fractions, decimals or percentages to it. So how does this mathematical concept shed light on the idea of integrity?
It tells us that people of integrity live out a life of wholeness. There is no disparity between how they carry themselves in public and in private. They don’t lead half of their life one way, and the other half in another way.
There is also no discrepancy or duplicity in their words and actions. When they speak, they present the whole truth, and not just a fraction of it. And you know that what they say and do will be consistent because they are undivided.
Are you a leader of integrity? Do you have anything to hide? Do you walk the talk? When others look at you, do they see someone who can be trusted?
If there any is area of your life that needs to be made whole, start building it up today. Leading with integrity is not an easy path to take, and there are times when it seems like there is a hefty price to pay for sticking to your principles and doing what is right. But you can be sure that you will reap the rewards of integrity in the long run.