The origin of the word integrity is defined as “distance from evil and being without suspicions. Raising the soul away from disobedience and all ugliness.”
While the meanings of words change over time, this isn’t the worst definition. It might lack the straight-forwardness of a more modern definition, however:
Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.
We can achieve integrity through a collection of values that preserves our moral principles. It involves holding a profound sense of right and wrong according to your distinct set of core values and aligning with those values.
At the heart of integrity is sticking to your ethical and moral principles in all areas of your life.
When someone has integrity, they demonstrate ethical principles and sound morals. They strive to do what is right, no matter the situation, who’s watching, or even how they feel. It is the foundation on which good relationships are built.
Integrity encourages trust and is a fundamental and value people look for when beginning any sort of relationship – professional or personal.
- Research puts it amongst the top 5 values that employers look for when hiring.
- People searching for a romantic partner also hold integrity in high regard and look for it in their potential partners.
Integrity is a core quality required for a happy and successful life. It is the single most valuable character a person can develop to remarkably enhance all parts of their lives. When you decide to be a person of integrity and then commit to it, you will have taken the first step to a much more successful life. Continue reading