Word-Of-the-Week #997: Integrity

September 14, 2023 by  

Integrity steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code. 

Would your staff, co-workers, family, and friends say that you are an honest person? Whom do you know that you trust implicitly?  Do you have a clear sense of what is “right and wrong?”

This week features the final part from If someone displays these 8 behaviors, they have a genuine heart,” by Lachlan Brown, from HackSpirit.

To Recap: People with a genuine heart display these behaviors –

  1. Active Listening
  2. Consistent Authenticity
  3. Embracing Vulnerability
  4. Unafraid of Unpopularity
  5. Valuing Depth Over Surface
  6. Small Acts, Big Heart 
  1. A Non-Judgmental Nature

Genuine-hearted people have a remarkable quality: they refrain from quick judgments.

In a world quick to label, to box people in, and to jump to conclusions, they take a step back and seek to understand.

They realize that every individual has a story, a past, and battles that others might not be privy to.

Instead of casting stones or making assumptions, they approach situations and people with empathy and openness.

Their first instinct is not to criticize or point fingers but to lend a listening ear, to be a shoulder to lean on, and to offer a safe space for candid conversations.

This non-judgmental nature not only makes them approachable, but it also allows them to build deeper connections with those around them.

They see the human behind the mistake, the soul behind the story, and the heart behind the facade.

Their acceptance and understanding create an environment where others feel validated, heard, and valued.

  1. Unwavering Integrity

The cornerstone of a genuine heart is an unshakable sense of integrity.

These individuals stand firm in their principles, even when no one is watching.

For them, doing the right thing isn’t about external validation or recognition; it’s a deeply ingrained part of who they are.

I recall an old coworker who once found an envelope filled with a significant amount of money at a company event.

Without hesitation, she reported it and ensured it was returned to its rightful owner, despite no one having witnessed her discovery.

It wasn’t about the praise or potential reward; it was simply the right thing to do.

Such genuine-hearted people become the moral compasses in their communities.

Their actions, rooted in honesty and trustworthiness, inspire others to elevate their own standards.

With them, promises aren’t empty words, and commitments aren’t taken lightly.

Their integrity shines through their consistency, transparency, and the unwavering commitment to their values.

In a fluctuating world, their steadfast integrity is both comforting and inspiring.

This week’s focus is all about your integrity. Are you able to stand firm in your principles without fear of judgement? Can you approach situations and people with empathy and openness without making assumptions? Are your actions rooted in honesty and trustworthiness?

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