Friday, 4 May 2018

Who Are You When No One Is Watching? The Fragrance of Character.

Who Are You When No One Is Watching? The Fragrance of Character.



John Maxwell writes that “The true measure of leadership is influence – Nothing more, Nothing less.”  I believe that a leader’s ability to influence others starts with integrity.
That’s a word we hear a lot in life.  “INTEGRITY.” We see people in our lives who walk in “integrity” and people who don’t. We will often see that word on the walls of organizations, within their mission statements etc.  But do these organizations and individuals live up that standard or is it just a word that looks good and sounds good so they use it? These are good questions and questions that every organization, and individual for that matter, should ask themselves on a regular basis.
Perhaps a better question to ask though is:
“What does the word INTEGRITY really mean? 
Here’s a few definitions from dictionary.com:
 1) adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty  
2) the state of being whole, entire, undiminished: to preserve the integrity of the empire  
 3) sound, unimpaired or perfect condition: the integrity of a ships’ hull.

To simplify this a bit, let’s put it in layman’s terms:  Integrity is doing the right thing, “adherence to moral and ethical principles, being honest”   at all times, even, and I would venture to say, especially, when no one else is watching (this is the honesty piece).  
I emphasize “when no one else is watching” because how easy is it to just quietly cut a corner, or fudge a number here and there on a report, or fail to report a mistake, because, “who’s going to know if I don’t say anything?” Well, maybe no one for a while, but eventually, those small little compromises catch up with us.

To paraphrase a biblical verse:  It’s the little foxes that spoil the vines. Each time we compromise, it gets a little easier so that pretty soon, these little compromises become habits that we develop. These habits become governing practices that can lead to some pretty devastating consequences. Not the least of which is losing the faith and trust of others in your midst.  Having a reputation of lacking integrity is pretty hard to overcome.

The fundamental point drives home is this: “success is temporary; but integrity is forever.”
How true is that? Nothing is more important than being known as a person of unwavering integrity. Things are fleeting; character is not.

Character is something to take very seriously.
Revenue is up and down, but integrity is not.
INTEGRITY: always being honest and doing what is right. It’s the way we do business here at Etech Global Services and that is one thing that will never change.

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