Are you hoping to build deeper relationships and further yourself in academics or the workplace? Integrity is a soft skill that can help you to do just that! This blog is filled with information on why integrity is important and gives the different ways areas where it can help you in life.
What is Integrity?
When we think of integrity, the first word that comes to mind is usually honesty. Though honesty and integrity go hand in hand, integrity encompasses more than just being honest. Integrity is when a person’s work, words, and/or actions are consistent, morally upright, authentic, and in perfect condition. Though “perfect condition” sounds like an unreachable goal, all it basically means is that your words and actions are carried out as promised. By simply making sure that your actions match your words, you are easily able to showcase your integrity to others and can be seen as being reliable.
Integrity: Why is it important?
In your academic career, integrity is an important skill. Nobody wants to do poorly in school. However, one simple and easy way to fail is by cheating. Cheating is morally wrong and can bring your high grade down. You can even be kicked out of a university for cheating. When you do your work with integrity, you can confidently say that it is representative of your skills. By taking your own time and effort to focus on your academics, the course material that you study stays with you longer. If you try to memorize information for a test or an assignment, you are able to achieve a good grade but you will not have that information when you need it later. Learning the material in school is easier when you do it completely on your own because you will have actually learned the material and will utilize it later in the workplace.
Your integrity plays an important role in getting and maintaining a job using the skills you learned in school. If you did your own work in school, you will have the knowledge and skills necessary for the position. However, if you didn’t practice integrity through academics, you might be ill-equipped for the job market. Integrity is an important skill that an employer will look for when assessing employee evaluations. An individual who does their job with integrity can gain a reputation as being dependable. If you show integrity, you also exemplify honesty, independence, approachability, and pride in your work. These traits can help you stand out within a company.
Learning to Have Integrity
Integrity isn’t exactly a skill that you can learn. When we’re young, the people in our life help to shape our morals by showing us the difference between right and wrong. These situations do not teach us to have integrity, but they are very important in shaping our understanding of morals. Our morals help us decide which behaviors are okay and which behaviors aren’t. Though integrity cannot truly be taught, courses such as business ethics teach students ethical theories. Our ethics are based on our moral beliefs of what is right and wrong. Ethics allow you to put your moral beliefs to action by conducting yourself based off of what you may believe to be right or wrong. These courses cannot completely change your morals, but they help students evaluate the long term effects of their professional and personal choices.
Many people do not really understand the importance of integrity. Your integrity affects how you interact with others and plays a huge role in your learning environment. Integrity even has a hand in other soft skills such as your positive attitude and critical thinking. By building relationships with your coworkers, people tend to feel more positive about being in the workplace because they are surrounded by people that they can trust. If you have critical thinking, then you are better able to complete a task on your own and maintaining authenticity.