Integrity comes from the Latin word”integritate” and represents a quality of the integrity, founded by therighteousness and impartiality, therefore, a fundamental virtue and in myopinion, even ignored nowadays.
In order to reinforce the concept it isnecessary to understand the meaning of the word integrity, the quality,obviously, and does not refer to the concept of integrity. The word itselfmeans that integrity means being complete, perfect, accurate, impartial,spirited, and unassailable. However, what does it really mean in our every-daylife? Do we use integrity in our lives? Firstof all, integrity is a challenging virtue, difficult to practice in a worldfilled with mistaken values, where the importance of having something isgreater than the importance of being something. In practice, integrity isconsolidated only when its values are in line with its conduct.
Integrityrequires the practice of universal principles such as peace, love, respect,freedom, humility, and equality, simple things that are independent of creed,origin, color and level of education. Althoughit doesn’t work that easy, I think it could very simple to a person withintegrity. Is it difficult to practice what our fathers and grandparentspracticed easily less than thirty or forty years ago? Do you consider yourselfupright enough to grow up in the company without pulling on the carpet ofothers, and talking bad things about your boss? In addition, integrity has alittle connection with honesty and even innocence. Integrity basically involvesyour personal values. According to www.yourdictionary.
com, “Integrity means following your moral or ethical convictions and doing the rightthing in all circumstances, even if no one is watching you.” I completely agreewith this definition because if we want integrity to be part of our lives weneed to start from our own daily attitudes, such as: Never betray a friend’strust even if you get in trouble, keep your promises even if it takes extraeffort and pay all your expenses and taxes in time. Having integrity in a workplace is also very important, itinvolves responsibility, respect and trust: if you are a manager, you need tokeep your employees informed so they will know what is coming and what theyneed to do. Also, if the company you work for asks you to do something againstyour personal code of conduct, say no.
If it will result in losing a good job,so be it. If you have integrity, you need to find a more ethical company towork for. W. Clement Stone once mentioned a very wise quote, “Have the courageto say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it isright.
These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.”