Webster defines integrity as a firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values: incorruptibility.
Integrity – Your Bond
A leader’s word must be his bond. Whether it is a verbal commitment on a handshake or a fifty page iron-clad contract, your integrity is on the line.
There have been a number of times when I found myself in a bind. I made a commitment, perhaps without all of the facts, and in the middle of a project I realized that I bit off more than I could chew.
The first time that happened to me was in my very first business. I was 19 years old and was operating my own lawn maintenance and landscaping business. Looking back on it now, if I had started this landscaping at this point in my life, then I would have made sure to make use of something like this field service management software. If that had been around when I started this business, then I might have managed better. For example, I went out to bid a job to clear the leaves from a “large” property. I shot the customer a number and she gave me the job. I ended up working three, ten hour days on this job… for 50 bucks! Do the math… However, I had given her my word, my word was my bond and I learned a very valuable lesson. Additionally and more importantly, my integrity was still intact. It is important to have integrity when you are building up your business. Being part of a franchise you can trust is a good way of doing this since your business is attached to an established company – visit the FIRESKY FRANCHISING website to learn more.
Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life – all areas of life. The really good news is that anyone can develop honesty and integrity. – Zig Ziglar
Integrity – Your Thread
Integrity is a thread that goes throughout every aspect of your business. You must display integrity when dealing with employees, vendors and clients. I believe that it was Abraham Lincoln who said, ” You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time”. No matter what, your integrity, or lack thereof will show itself in the end.
The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. – Dwight D Eisenhower
Integrity – Your Success
People want to do business with people that they know, like and trust. Build your business on a solid foundation of unshakable integrity and you will never have to spend time looking over your shoulder. Your employees, vendors and clients will be your raving fans and they won’t keep it a secret. The seeds of integrity that you have planted, will grow into a successful enterprise that you can be proud of.
Have you ever come to a fork in the road and had to chose the sometimes difficult path of integrity over everything else? Please share your experience in the comments section below. Your experience will, no doubt inspire others.