Integrity at its heart requires humbleness. It means admitting when you don’t know, acknowledging when you aren’t able or admitting when you have failed at something. For some reason, many people try to act as if those things are not true of them even though they are true of all of us. You will not be perceived as weak when you admit you don’t know, can’t do or have failed, but you will find strength in others at times like that.
Acting with integrity and speaking of it as a valued characteristic of your business will encourage others to act with integrity toward you. You can use it as a principal for employees to be honest and expect the best from them.
Integrity is the right way, if not always the easy way. There will be some who don’t like you because of it. Yet, success with family, friends, neighbors, communities and countries depend on integrity, and it begins with the individual. That is a lesson for all of us from Ukraine.