The basis of every relationship is trust, and trust is born out of integrity.
Integrity is the state of being, when what you say or believe in is in sync with how you act. It means choosing to do the right thing irrespective of the circumstances or consequences.
A person with integrity will exhibit it as part of his or her character, and not simply part of a particular role in their life. If they are true to their word, then they will exhibit this quality in all of their interactions.
The role of integrity in business is crucial. It is also a validation of your character amongst your customers, employees and peers.
Without integrity, all competencies and resources can function, but they fail to find any consistent or meaningful expression.
So let’s look at some of the ways to enhance your integrity in your work place:
– Once you have chosen your set of values and principles, write them down. It then acts as a beacon, guiding the behaviour and attitude of you and your team.
➢ Do unto others as you would have them do unto you – This is the cornerstone of integrity. At all times, maintain an objective, sensitive and fair approach towards everybody.
➢ Accept responsibility – Accepting responsibility means relinquishing ego and taking an objective look at what is needed to resolve the situation and then doing it sincerely.
➢ Be open to feedback – from all quarters, including customers, colleagues, juniors and body .
➢ Be utterly reliable – Ensure that whatever you create is your best, even for such everyday matters as routine documents and quick emails. Honor your commitments. If for any reason you can’t, tell people in advance and suggest an alternative.