Success Will Come and Go, But Integrity Is Forever
“If I could teach only one value to live by, it would be this: Success will come and go, but integrity is forever. Integrity means doing the right thing at all times and in all circumstances, whether or not anyone is watching. It takes having the courage to do the right thing, no matter what the consequences will be. Building a reputation of integrity takes years, but it takes only a second to lose, so never allow yourself to ever do anything that would damage your integrity.” Amy Rees Anderson
Very few people set out to be dishonest, but working within a culture which rewards or at the very least turns a blind eye to rule-bending can make make small transgressions seem unimportant. And if they lead to a promotion, or a bonus, then the means can become less important than the end. However there will always be a reckoning, the impacts of which could be substantial in terms of damage to reputation and brand – personal and organisational. Maintaining your integrity in environments such as these takes courage and resilience. Having a solid ethical framework within which to make decisions will prepare you to meet the challenges, seen and unforeseen, in your career.
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Via Forbes, 28 November 2012
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