The word integrity comes from the word integer meaning a whole number. Thus when one walks in their integrity, they are being whole. Their words and actions match. Their word is their bond.
Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “The supreme quality for a leader is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, on a football field, in an army, or in an office. If a man’s associates find him guilty of phoniness, if they find that he lacks forthright integrity, he will fail. His teachings and actions must agree with each other.”
Someone has said, “Integrity is the integration of one’s life around his core values.”
“My boy,” said the store owner to his new employee, “wisdom and integrity are essential to the retail business. By ‘integrity’ I mean if you promise a customer something, you have to keep that promise – even if it means we lose money.” “And what,” asked the teenager, “is wisdom?” “That,” answered the boss, “is not making any stupid promises.”
Have you ever heard the story about the dishonest golfer? He was so dishonest that when he made a hole in one he put down zero. No quality reveals a person’s true character more than honesty. A person of integrity is a person of strength.
The late J. C. Penney, famous merchant, was known for his integrity. In his book, The Ninth Decade, he tells of a job he held in a village grocery. He told his father of a shrewd method practiced by the owner. He would mix two grades of coffee and sell the mixture at the highest price. Young Penney thought it was a smart trick. But the boy had a wise father, who pointed out the dishonesty in the practice. He made his point so strong that the boy quit his job. From that time on Penney made honesty the rule of his life, a rule he practiced throughout all his years in business.Integrity is an important word in one’s vocabulary. It will mean the difference between true success and failure; between lasting happiness and sorrow.
✞ Remember that a vision without integrity is not a mission but manipulation.
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