Are you burned by what you believed to be trusted business relations. You are here on Cyberspace for a similar purpose to network and find more “trusted” and “valued” relations. The “nice guy finishes last” certainly applies to some. Some of you are here for interpersonal relationships.
Invariably, people who are highly trusted are believed to have unshakable integrity. The term is used in many different ways. In some contexts, it is a synonym for ethics or character. In this sense, it embraces all the other ethical principles (as when we say that a person or company has great integrity). Integrity is also frequently used interchangeably with honesty. The problem is that if we use the term in these ways we deprive the concept of its unique meaning. Integrity needs and deserves its very own domain.
There are four components to integrity: personal convictions (what we believe), stated values (what we say we believe), operational values (what we actually do), and ethical principles (what we should do). Integrity is a quality of character demonstrated by the moral commitment and courage necessary to maintain consistency between what we believe, what we say, what we do, and what we are morally obliged to do.
A critical aspect of integrity, then, is the idea of a moral wholeness, or oneness, demonstrated by a consistency of thoughts, words, deeds, and duties. The word integrity, in fact, comes from the Latin “integer,” meaning “whole.”
“Honesty”, is another character designation. So, honestly, on what ledge do you sit?