A couple of weeks ago I posted my thoughts on whether we were in danger today of losing the vital virtue of integrity(http://matthewsmatters.com/integrity-lost-virtue-times/) due to attitudes displayed today such as entitlement, The need to have it my way Now! , & how society perceives others. Those attitudes tend to look without instead of really facing ourselves to deal with issues of reality. Keeps Their Word—These folks honor commitments &
In my mind Integrity is all about taking ‘RESPONSIBILITY’ for yourself & your Actions.
What are the Traits that a Person of Integrity possesses? Here are my Top 10:
1.) What you see is what you get.– Outer & inner are connected parts of one whole.
2.) Keeps Their Word—These folks honor their commitments & keep their Word.. If they say they will be there, they are there. If they promise to do something they do it.
3.) They Are Truthful—You can Trust what they tell you.
4.) They Are Consistent—A person of integrity isn’t your best friend one week and then next week doesn’t seem to know you.
5.) Accepts Their Short – Comings – Integrity does not mean an individual is perfect. But a person who possesses integrity accepts responsibility for His or Her mistakes or failures and takes initiative to make things right.
6.) They Do Not Whine – Related to #5 people of integrity are slow to blame others for their problems or frustrations, they do not “Cry in Their Crisis”.
7.) They Genuinely Care—These folks care about the quality of the work, mission , or product they are involved with. They know it is not just about WIIFM (What’s in it for me)
8.) They Are Skeptical of Simple Answers—While these folks are receptive to learning & change, they are skeptical of simple, ‘pat’ answers to complex problems or issues. They are not inclined to fads or buzzwords.
9.) They Mind Their Own Business—I do not mean they isolate themselves, but rather I am saying these folks pay attention to their own work & responsibilities rather than inserting themselves into the responsibility of another.
10.) They Know They May Hurt Others—Folks of Integrity realize that at times in life hurting & disappointing others is unavoidable. Because of this they are able to forgive & recognize their own need for forgiveness.
To conclude, Integrity is not something you gain from reading a book once, or listening to an audio, or going to a weekend seminar. Integrity is gained slowly, taught by both example & experience, in families, schools, congregations & communities where it can be allowed to flourish.