from Latin integritatem (nominative integritas) “soundness, wholeness, completeness,” figuratively “purity, correctness, blamelessness”
When you go back to the origin of words, things come sometimes into a long forgotten perspective.
What is integrity actually? How does it manifest? What kind of behaviour a person with integrity displays?
From my observations and writings by smarter people, integrity has a number of positive behavioural traits:
Humility: there is no pride, no sense of competition, no desire to prove anything or to anyone.
Kindness: a person acting with integrity will treat a CEO and a janitor with the same kindness.
Authenticity: there is no mask. Integrity has nothing to hide.
Reliability: you can always rely on people with integrity.
Honesty: integrity is open and truthful.
It’s about giving credit: integrity does not claim what is not hers.
Always on time: people with integrity respect your time and their own time.
Integrity will never offend: even under the cover of an anonymous on-line account.
Integrity is open minded and also knows when not to change its mind.
Integrity places an emphasis on emotional intelligence more than on IQ.
Integrity knows when and how to apologise. People with integrity know they are only human and keep themselves in check.
Integrity keeps its promise. People with integrity will be there for you, if they said so.
Integrity is intuitive and will not let harsh calculations have a decisive say.
Integrity will not take advantage of others vulnerabilities.
Integrity knows a hammer is not only for nails. It is also a sculpture’s tool.
Integrity serves. It does not wait to be served.
Integrity has a great sense of humour and can LOL about itself.
Integrity results in accountability. If we act with integrity in all walks of life from parenting to interacting with colleagues and partners, the world has a change of becoming a better place.
When you think of it, when integrity is in place, harassment, discrimination, fraud, humiliation, deprivation and others stand NO chance.