What is integrity? According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the root meaning of the term integrity is wholeness, which suggests coherence between principle and action, rightness and a sense of moral soundness. Integrity implies a character built on the foundation of virtue, honesty, and sincerity.
Integrity is vital for our happiness and peace within because these demand congruence i.e., matching between our thoughts, words, behaviors , and actions or deeds. In case of non-congruence, there begins some dialogue within that may make us feel unhappy. Hence, people with integrity always aspire for consistency and coherence in what they believe and how they conduct their lives. This consistency of personal beliefs and values in day to day behavior is referred to integrity. Integrity also means practicing what one preaches regardless of emotional and social pressures.
Happy relationships are built around credibility. One needs to be honest in order to be credible. Honesty creates environment based on trust and commitment. Trust is derived from respect a person displays for others. So, honesty, trust, and respect in our relationships leads us to integrity that impacts our relationships.
Warren Buffet, the famous American investor and philanthropist, has emphasized the importance of integrity as:
“Look for three things in a person: intelligence, energy and integrity. If they don’t have the last one, don’t even bother with the first two.”
Integrity is the quality of honesty and trustworthiness and goes even beyond conscientiousness. People who adhere to a strong set of principles and take responsibility for their actions are exhibiting integrity. People with integrity inspire confidence in others because they can be trusted to do what they say they are going to do.
Be honest… Be trustworthy… and thus, Be a person of integrity…to be happy and peaceful..and, to build and nurture enduring relationships….