How Valuable is Integrity to Your Business?
A friend of mine called and asked me to review her blog article to see if it was okay. I felt honored that she would ask me to do so. So I went to her website, reviewed her blog and sent her words of commendation. I then proceeded to her social media tabs to see what she was posting. She is naturally FULL of personality, and I always enjoy reading whatever she posts. As I was perusing through her Pinterest boards, I came upon a quote by an unknown author that literally reached out and grabbed me by the heart…one word… which I hope and pray I live by…Integrity. I immediately Liked and Pinned it to my ‘Words of Wisdom’ board, and here is what it said:
Such a simple and yet PROFOUND statement….based on doing what is right, no matter what. It takes years to build up a good reputation (integrity), and only a moment for it to be lost.
So what if you’re an entrepreneur. So what if you’re a genius. So what if you’re a great salesperson. If your business has boomed suddenly by cutting corners and acting with no inner moral compass, what’s the point? Dishonesty may provide instant gratification, but it won’t last. The consequences are not worth it. Are you willing to lose the ability to be trusted as a person of integrity? What you have gained in power or riches means nothing. Having a network of people who trust you is everything.
Integrity involves being honest, sticking to your word, providing a consistent level of service, and being reliable. Businesses that demonstrate a high degree of integrity are seen as trustworthy. When you’re trusted, you’re recommended. When you’re trusted you keep customers. Those who trust you will go out of their way to help you, because they know that recommending you to others will never damage their own reputation of integrity. Integrity is everything in the business world.
Dishonesty will catch up with those who practice a lack of integrity at some point in time. As Amy Reese Anderson, a Forbes contributor put it: “Success will come and go, but Integrity is forever.”
Margaret Richardson – (Visit my blog here)