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Why integrity matters

By Marilyn C. Arayata

Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you. You think about it; it’s true. If you hire somebody without [integrity], you really want them to be dumb and lazy.” – Warren Buffett

A person with integrity has a sense of fairness, so he does things in a reliable way even when the boss is not looking. His focus is not on what he will benefit. He always considers what he can contribute for mutual growth. Even in running family and personal affairs, this person sees to it that in all aspects, “nobody is left behind or forgotten”.

He is honest and firm in his moral principles. He rejects a dishonest offer or strategy at once because he knows his ideals. He does not waste time entertaining such an idea or considering if he will try it because the mere thought of it is repugnant to him.

A person with integrity is honest to himself. He knows what he wants and is honest about it. He means what he says and says what he means even at the risk of becoming unpopular. He does not need to win everybody. He just needs to be true to himself and to do what is right.

This person is transparent and consistent in his words and actions. He walks the talk. You know that you can rely on him on anything because he means what he says and he puts a premium on honesty and hard work.

It is very important to know how to spot a person with integrity. Would you entrust your life, your health, your business, your heart, your children, and your valuables to a person who does not have the above-mentioned qualities?

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