October 7, 2013: Integrity
Not only do we need to carry ourselves in this manner, but we should expect the same of those who circle around us. It's easy to say we only work with people of integrity; in our jobs and with those we do business. But far too often it's just as easy to look the other way. Too easy to make excuses for them; "just a temporary lapse of judgment" "she has a lot going on in her life"
Go back to the definition. It is pretty cut and dry. To err is human. But to own it, acknowledge it, and then strive for honesty in action is admirable.
I was recently asked which leader I most admire, past or present. Although I felt compelled to name a powerful CEO like Steve Jobs or President like JFK; that wasn't my pick. My favored leader is Mother Teresa. She was the pinnacle of integrity, honesty, and leading people by lifting them up. Her work brought out the best in all who followed her or worked by her side; a true servant leader.
This is a lot of blah, blah, blah for a Monday. Which begs the question, am I getting soft in my old age? No, I don't think so. Just a heck of a lot smarter.
(Lastly, if all goes well, the word tomorrow will be resilience. More to come on that:))
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.