Integrity is a value and the best way of practicing integrity is to make it as a way of life. We all have our personal lives and our working lives, which means that we need to have integrity not only in our working lives but in our relationship with our family, friends and the community at large.
The fundamental question that we need to ask ourselves is how do we practice integrity in our daily lives? Firstly, through our words. To put it simply, we strive to tell the truths, we do not lie. Whenever we make promises, we should try our best to keep them.
Secondly which is even more important is to practice integrity through our actions. When it comes to our actions, the list of things to do or not to do is actually endless. Rather than to focus on what we ought to do and what we ought not to do, our actions especially at work should be guided by these sound principles:
a) Are our actions free from corruption?
b) Are our actions in the best interest of our department or agency? Are we able to put aside our own self-interest?
c) Are we accountable for our actions?
d) Do we act with a sense of urgency? We need to realize that if we delay in taking actions, the hardship of the people will be prolonged. In the business community especially, time is money.
e) In implementing our actions, are we making use of our resources in the most effective and efficient way? We should strive as far as possible to avoid wastage.
These guiding principles that I described are by no means exhaustive, but should be sufficient to serve as guidelines for our actions. As we navigate both our personal and work lives, these principles can serve as our compass.
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