Updated: Sep 11
An important quality that should be valued more than ever as we move forward through this uncertain time.
Let’s talk about integrity.
As I return from Ack Professional’s Sea Lark after a few sessions with my clients contemplating about how important it is for people to not lose sight of their vision during the pandemic and to stay within their integrity. The following came to my mind.
You know those individuals that live within their integrity are so inspiring you can see the comfort and calmness they present each day. They know exactly what they want and knew how to reach their greatest level of success in life.
Integrity as we know is a personality trait and comprises the personal inner sense of "wholeness" deriving from honesty and consistent with morals of character. .
Integrity may be seen as the quality of having a sense of honesty and truthfulness in regard to the motivations for one's actions.
The coronavirus pandemic has completely changed our lives. Everything is different. We are forced to pivot and adapt. It can be challenging for many to keep our faith and follow our integrity in these uncertain times.
Ack Professionals mission is based off integrity.
Whether you are a leader of a worldwide organization, a nurse helping the patients, a doctor, or the scientists that are discovering the vaccine, an individual in today's world, a mother, a father, a son, a daughter.
Integrity is important piece to our success.
Personal and Professional Integrity
Personal Integrity as we all know is the quality of being truthful and honest with yourself and others, of intentionally aligning personal behaviors and actions to be congruently .
With personal integrity when you tell yourself you are going to do something, no matter how big or small, you follow through.
One of my greatest assets throughout my career that I have been noted for is being gifted with holding a high personal integrity and a positive mindset that has driven me to encounter my biggest success even under the most uncertain of times.
When you have true integrity, you are more attuned with the world and those around you. You do not live in your little bubble but allow yourself to be a part of everyone else’s. You understand where your value is appreciated and you stand firm on your beliefs.
I have always valued those individuals that have lived their lives within their integrity, as a young child arriving on the island of Nantucket each summer the small boutique business owners and artists throughout Nantucket inspired me, you are living within your integrity and admired.
GREAT LEADERS HAVE INTEGRITY
Working with many successful executives in my life I admired those leaders that stood tall and remained firm on their decisions knowing it was the right thing to do. If you are watching my video or reading this blog. YOU know who you are :)
The characteristics that turn an average or good Executive/ Leader into a phenomenal one, are: trust, honesty, integrity, empathy, and listening– are all essential ingredients to strong leadership in today’s world. They define a strategy and create a culture that drives employee behavior in their absence.
Integrity continues to be one of the top attributes in a leader in today's world.
Leaders with integrity act in accordance with their words (they practice what they preach) and own up to their mistakes, as opposed to hiding them, blaming their team, or making excuses.
Five attributed great leaders with integrity hold:
1. Their honest and treat people like they would want to be treated. Developing trust within their team.
2. They do not exaggerate successes and are more likely to praise others’ contributions.
3. They hold themselves accountable not just to their superiors but also to their peers and staff and treat everyone fairly, regardless of a person’s standing in the organization.
4. They are empathetic and able to understand the needs of others.
5. As a leader they use their qualities to bring out the best in their team to follow their lead in integrity.
There are several reasons why integrity is vital in becoming an effective leader. First, integrity builds trust. When you build trust in your workforce you will receive the best outcome.
Leaders of integrity understand that their words, actions, decisions, and methodologies help to create the company’s true values and its culture.
It's not always easy to know exactly what a great leader possesses when you witness their integrity. Be the leader everyone wants to report to. Consider self-reflecting on your leadership capabilities if you are not there already and receive feedback from those around.
Start by thinking about others you admire. What makes them admirable? Which of their attributes do you want to follow, if you find you’re lacking in an area, try to determine why?
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Leaders set the tone for the organization. Leading by example. Establishing a set of sound ethics policies, integrate them into all business processes, communicate them broadly to all employees, and making clear that you will not tolerate any deviation from any of them. Then live by what you value.
Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable with your staff. If you make a mistake, admit it, and do all you can to correct it. Your employees don’t expect you to be perfect, and you can alienate them if you are unable to admit fault when things go wrong. They will follow your lead.
“Being a person of integrity does not mean you are perfect. It means being authentic”
Are you leading an organization based on integrity? View Ack Professionals blog Leading a strong organizational culture in a pandemic.
The current pandemic is seeing millions of job losses and a severe economic downturn, which could provide apparent justification and pressure for unthinkable actions.
Maintain a culture of integrity in your organization. Live by it.
Companies must resist the temptation to sacrifice their controls, systems, governance, and appropriate culture in adjusting to the new realities of Covid 19.
Scientists are working diligently to produce the next vaccine are doing so in record time under the quickest timeline ever heard of. Understanding the urgency of the pandemic and the rush to bring a vaccine forward. The need to assure to stay within their integrity for the health and safety of us all is essential. We need to follow the appropriate standards and not rush through to come out on top to produce the first vaccine but rather stand firm to the standards of safety to assure its integrity.
As a DES daughter today questioning the longevity of my life due to poor research done many years ago. We need to assure the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine is valid.
Success without integrity is failure.
Never has operating with a culture of integrity been more important than during this moment of crisis.
Those that know me and know me well know I live with a high integrity. It’s a trait I have held since I was a young child. I make decisions in life that I believe are for the best and I stand by my word, following through on my decisions.
That standard defines my moral values even at the most difficult of times.
Living life within our integrity is important through this pandemic. Be the leader of your life and do not let the pandemic compromise your beliefs and loose the vision you have inspired to achieve even with the limited capabilities we have.
Understanding this time of the pandemic is temporary. Although unsure how temporary we need to continue to achieve what life is expecting of us and be fulfilled in our lives being the best version of ourselves professionally & personally. Its a small pace but evidently can be achieved.
When you live within your integrity you inspire and motivate others to do the same with your words and actions you become more valuable both as a person and as a leader/ achiever.
Live within your integrity by:
Making better choices for yourself.
Ensure you are making the best choices for you, you need to have a clear vision of your life. A clear sense of purpose, and effective goals which will help you realize your vision and fulfil your purpose. You need to constantly be working in the vision that you seek to achieve, reminding yourself of your values purpose and goals along the way.
Develop positive habits.
Are you an optimist? or a pessimist? Optimism will get you in line for the right path of your success. Learn optimism.
Move forward through the pandemic keeping your vision clear.
I can remember vividly being out to dinner back in February with a friend of the family that is a prominent attorney and a conversation ensued during our dinner, she wanted to be the next
president of her country. I believe in her. If she is watching this don’t lose sight of your vision you created during this pandemic. Believe in yourself and set high standards and values to achieve. It is a process and a slower one during this uncertain time but continue to move forward and work towards your goals, you will achieve greatness once the pandemic has turned.
Follow through with your goals.
Create a strategy. Pivot your life and business to where it needs to be at this moment. Move forward keeping a clear vision of your goals for the future.
Realizing we are all here for a short time its up to you to make the best of every day.
When you live within your integrity, you live your best life. You respect yourself by living in a manner which is consistent with your values, purpose, and goals.
These factors guide each decision that you make, thus allowing you to achieve more. You know that you can never truly succeed on your own, so you show the same level of respect to others. You will begin to develop your relationships on mutual trust and respect.
Living within integrity you will have a great deal of clarity in your life assuring your time here is well spent and you complete what your life is expecting of you. With integrity success will follow.
Are you seeking to be more in tune with your life and integrity?
Schedule yourself a complimentary discovery session to learn more on how Ack Professional can empower you to find clarity and live within your integrity. Beginning now reflecting on your life and redesigning it to where you want to be once this pandemic has passed, is optimal in moving forward creating the life you envision and not the one we are required to. Outlining a strategy for your success with the confidence to succeed.
Join me in the discussion and let me know where you find your greatest inspiration during this pandemic to live within your integrity.
Now that the summer season is behind us. Use the fall season to begin to prioritize you. Fear holds us back. Don’t let the pandemic hold you back from your integrity.
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