I was talking with a group of people the other day when one of them began talking about how much integrity they had and how they strive to do the right thing always. That statement caught me by surprise because I know this person and have had many discussions concerning their lack of integrity. It made me realize two things.
- If you have to tell someone you have integrity, you probably don’t.
- Authentic integrity is built within a person’s character through their actions.
Genuine integrity is the foundation of a person’s credibility. Credibility creates confidence, and that confidence allows influence.
“Integrity is what we do, what we say, and what we say we do” – Don Gater.
Someone once said,
“You are already of consequence in the world if you are known as a man of strict integrity”.
That’s how essential integrity is in your personal life. In fact, if you have nothing else, authentic integrity will catapult you past everyone else.
Dwight Eisenhower said, “The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible.”
I agree with Eisenhower. I cannot emphasize enough about the importance of having genuine integrity if you want real leadership in your life.
Integrity gives you so much credibility, trust, confidence, influence and much more.
Be a person of integrity and be a person who people want to follow.