When I was a col­lege stu­dent, I nev­er buy into the idea of cheat­ing or copy­ing some­one else’s answers, not only because I have a poor eye­sight, but also I’d rather suf­fer the con­se­quences of fail­ing on my sub­jects than pass­ing with fly­ing col­ors by cheat­ing all the time. Because cheat­ing is like, steal­ing someone’s hard work.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, integri­ty sud­den­ly became a scarce com­mod­i­ty. Doing the right thing even when it hurts, no longer val­ue by most peo­ple today. I’ve heard some peo­ple that cheat­ing has always been a part of stu­dent life, that you will nev­er sur­vive col­lege with­out doing it. That wasn’t a  sur­pris­ing fact because some pro­fes­sors or teach­ers are unaware that it teach­es stu­dents to cheat also by not teach­ing them well or to the best of their abil­i­ty.

(C) jobadge from Flickr

© jobadge from Flickr

That was one of the rea­sons also why we can­not find integri­ty in the gov­ern­ment. Peo­ple who are espe­cial­ly in the posi­tion of pow­er, use their author­i­ty to cheat the peo­ple, mak­ing their integri­ty in ques­tion.

But let’s take a look what are the com­mon caus­es why most peo­ple lack integri­ty:

  • Per­for­mance-Dri­ven Cul­ture
  • Suc­ceed-at-all-cost men­tal­i­ty
  • Suc­cess only means ful­fill­ing expec­ta­tions.
  • Pleas­ing oth­ers

It was a sur­pris­ing fact that most stu­dents nowa­days pos­sess these qual­i­ties. It’s scary because our future is in their hands. They even­tu­al­ly become our future lead­ers, influ­encers and deci­sion mak­ers.

I was watch­ing the movie “Bro­ken City” ear­li­er. The movie was about how a politi­cian plays a major role in the devel­op­ment of the city yet he was con­sumed by his own self­ish pas­sions. Sac­ri­fic­ing the com­mu­ni­ty for self-gain. Buy­ing peo­ple to gain votes. Using words to lie and cheat — which clear­ly por­trays what most lead­ers are like these days.

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But how about lead­ers with integri­ty? What sep­a­rates them from the crowd? Let’s take a look at it also:

  • Lead­ers with integri­ty are hon­est.
  • Lead­ers with integri­ty focus on their mis­sion.
  • Lead­ers with integri­ty are account­able.
  • Lead­ers with integri­ty are trust­wor­thy.
  • Lead­ers with integri­ty are hum­ble.
  • Lead­ers with integri­ty are trans­par­ent.

And so many to men­tion. And to whom we can look for these qual­i­ties?. JESUS

We can take a look as an exam­ple how we should lead our peo­ple and orga­ni­za­tion with integri­ty.

Jesus was account­able to his dis­ci­ples. He was trans­par­ent to them, let­ting them know every­thing he has in his mind.  He is also account­able to his Father in heav­en. He is focused on his mis­sion and nev­er been dis­tract­ed by any cir­cum­stances.

Jesus showed us how a leader should be. And I believe it starts with char­ac­ter devel­op­ment that usu­al­ly starts when we are being test­ed. When we are being tempt­ed to com­pro­mise, because dur­ing the test, it expos­es who real­ly we are. It expos­es the depths and self­ish­ness of our hearts, show­ing every wrong motive we have. But also, it is our respon­si­bil­i­ty to take action to improve it.

Char­ac­ter is doing the right thing even when it costs more than you want to pay. When it comes to char­ac­ter, you dont have to be sick to get bet­ter. Its eas­i­er for a good per­son to get bet­ter than for a bad per­son to get good. — Michael Joseph­son

Doing the right thing hurts at first, but you will reap its reward in due time. Do the right thing even when it hurts. Want to be a leader? Live with integri­ty first. As Zig Ziglar once said:

It is true that integri­ty alone won’t make you a leader but with­out integri­ty, you will nev­er be one.

Doing the right is hard and some­times painful, but remem­ber, we grow not when we are com­fort­able and lazy, we grow out­side the com­fort zone. Doing the right thing is out­side of the com­fort zone because not every­one is doing it. And if we want to be suc­cess­ful, we should be doing the things that oth­ers are not will­ing to do.

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