“We learned about honesty and integrity, that truth matters.. that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own rules.. and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.”
― Michelle Obama
It has been acknowledged since ages that honesty and integrity are the most important attributes of a man. A man ought to possess these in order to succeed in life. In 21st century, the meaning of success has changed. It has evolved to mean something more than career. It includes healthy personal relationship and peace of mind. Even when the meaning of success has become three-fold, the importance of honesty and integrity to attain it remains intact.
Honesty and Integrity at Workplace
Fostering honesty and integrity at workplace is important, primarily to maintain a positive work environment. It leads to better decision making ability, open communication as well as accountability. A positive work environment leads to individual growth as well as the growth of the company or institution. Who doesn’t like a win-win situation?
Parallel to Leadership
“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a success gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.”
― Dwight D. Eisenhower
The most important qualities of a true leader are honesty and integrity. A true leader stands for what he believes in and stands firmly. He isn’t scared to take responsibilities. His faith in what he believes in makes his followers develop the same dedication. He is not afraid of the results. They understand that cheating can lead to a temporary victory and they aren’t looking for that. He believes in long and inclusive victory.
In Personal Relationships
Any relationship is based on trust and love. It’s not impossible to love a person we don’t trust or vice versa, but being in long term relationship with a person whom we don’t trust is close to impossible. To trust and be trusted is everything in a relationship. And trust is something that is earned. It is earned through the actions which are result of inner qualities like honesty and integrity.
It’s in nature of man to be ambitious. We burden ourselves with unrealistic expectations, far-stretched goals and numerous responsibilities. That’s when we fall apart, when our ambitions don’t align with reality. We break thinking we aren’t good enough. But, the truth is, we are. All we need to do, is be honest with ourselves with what actually matters and what we want in life, instead of trying to do it all in one go.
Here’s what we need to –
- Figuring out what we want in life the most rather than wanting it all.
- Prioritizing things and paying only as much attention to the various parts of life as they need.
- Planning steps to work on everyday.
Everything in life comes down to staying happy and keeping others happy. Isn’t that what we all want? True bliss comes from leading life with honesty and integrity as it gives satisfaction. It can’t be compared to the momentary pleasure of winning by cheating. The ultimate goal is to have a smile on the face when death arrives, knowing that we did alright in life.
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