John Wooden, one of the best coaches of all time, defines success a little differently than most of us. Hint: It isn't about the awards or victories.
Master the Art of Integrity
The more credible we are, the more confidence people place in us, thereby allowing us the privilege of influencing their lives.
The dictionary defines integrity as "the state of being complete, unified". When I have integrity, my words and my deeds match. I am who I am, no matter where I am or who I am with.
This is integrity -- doing things right when no one else is looking.
- Integrity is doing right inside you.
- Integrity is keeping promises.
- Integrity is being true to principles, regardless of consequences.
- Integrity is being faithful to the truth when it is uncomfortable, inconvenient, and personally costly.
- Integrity is being of this character because we wish to please God.
We stand on solid ground. There are no skeletons in the cupboard that can come out to destroy us. We live with a clear conscience.
A person with integrity does not have divided loyalties, nor is he or she merely pretending. People with integrity have nothing to hide and nothing to fear.
The more credible we are, the more confidence people place in us, thereby allowing us the privilege of influencing their lives. The less credible we are, the less confidence people place in us and the more quickly we lose our position of leadership.
Remember, leadership functions on the basis of trust. Integrity is a victory, not a gift.
"The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them."
Blessings my friends,
Dwaine E. Lee
This post is from The Encourager, a series of over 100 emails from Global Action's founder, Dwaine Lee, originally sent between 2005-2010. Dwaine Lee passed away in 2021, but we believe the words of encouragement are still relevant today. The email above was first sent in April 2006.
“Power really is a test of character. In the hands of a person of integrity, it is of tremendous benefit; in the hands of a tyrant, it causes terrible destruction.”
“Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you”
“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.”
It is amazing how much wisdom can come from a children's book. "The Empty Pot" is a beautiful story about the importance and rewards of integrity and honesty. Watch here
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