Having Integrity and Ethics Is Everything

In each of our lives, we are going to be tested at one point or another on our ethics and moral behavior. Can you remember a time in your life when you were asked to do something, by an employer, or friend, which was outside of the lines of ethical behavior? Or have you ever felt the pressure to perform at work, or to get ahead in an organization? What decision did you make? Did you do the right thing by sticking by the rules, or did you go against ethical guidelines?

In my opinion, the following is what we need to look at when we consider who is responsible for ethical behavior. (This can be applied to work situations or your personal life; anywhere where ethics and integrity are critical).

  • The Individual Themselves: Ultimately, we are responsible for our own behavior and decisions. We need to decide (preferably early in life), what type of person we are going to be. Are we going to do the right things in life, regardless of outside pressures, or are we going to allow people to persuade us, perhaps pressure us into making decisions that we are not comfortable with.
  • Supervisors/Management: Are you a manager or supervisor for an organization? What are your ethics? Do you follow the rules and regulations or do you go against the rules? Have you ever noticed that an employee’s behavior has changed in the workplace or is not following the rules of the organization, or the law? Did you immediately investigate or did you let things go, because “it’s not that serious”, or “he or she is a good employee” and you didn’t want to make a big deal of it? Although the individual is ultimately responsible for their behavior, as managers and supervisors you have a responsibility to look within yourselves, to not only determine if you are doing the right thing with your own life, but how you are as managers, are you enforcing and encouraging good behavior?
  • The Organization: I am certain that everyone has heard the phrase “Everything starts from the top down”. What is the overall pulse of the organization that you work for? What are the ethics of the CEO, CFO, COO and other top ranking officials of the organization? Do they represent good, ethical, legal behavior? What types of policies and procedures are written for the organization and do they follow-through with holding up these policies and procedures? If people violate these ethical violations, is swift, strict discipline and/or penalties taken or is it brushed off? The organization as a whole, must set the pulse of what is expected by the people who run it and work within it. If the top ranking officials aren’t following the guidelines, how can you expect and/or demand that the people that work for you be ethical?

How is it best for us as a society to get people to want to do the right thing? We must set a good example at home. We must start with the kids; we must set a good example with our younger generation to do the right thing, that they should never feel pressured to do something that is against the rules. We must teach people that doing the right thing gets you rewarded and moves you forward in life.

Remember, that regardless of your behavior today, or how you have done things in the past, tomorrow is a new day; a new beginning which we can all make a conscious decision to make the right decisions in life, which we can pass on to future generations.

Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” ― C.S. Lewis

How do you feel about Ethics and Integrity?  I want to hear from you! -The SmartChic

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2016-11-11T11:56:01-07:00By |Inspirational Articles|6 Comments


  1. Geoff May 22, 2012 at 8:05 am - Reply

    Agree 100%. Especially when no one is watching. Integrity and Ethics are most important. While having great parents to help mold those values is critical, I’m not sure that they can be taught per say. Deep down I believe we all know right from wrong. Some just choose not to choose right over wrong. I guess what I am saying is that while you can understand someone doing wrong alot raised in a bad environment, it’s not a good excuse in the end because everyone has a knack for knowing in essence what is right.
    Thanks for making a great 1st impression Cynthia. Think you are great.

    • SmartChic May 22, 2012 at 9:46 am - Reply

      Hi Geoff! Thanks so much for your comments. I greatly appreciate your feedback and thoughts on Integrity and Ethics. Great being connected with you. Have a fantastic day!

  2. Wendy May 22, 2012 at 11:04 am - Reply

    Integrity…really…without it what do you have? I truly appreciate what Geoff had to say in his comment. What can you say about yourself if you do not have integrity and an ethical nature? I still am amazed when I encounter people that do not value these; I cannot imagine living like that. I choose to live an honest and ethical life – which means I don’t have to remember a lie. I strive to be a good example to everyone in my life!

    • SmartChic May 22, 2012 at 11:21 am - Reply

      What great thoughts Wendy. If you live a life full of integrity, you don’t have to look over your shoulder or try to remember anything. The truth is always easy to remember. Integrity is Everything!

    • Geoff May 22, 2012 at 11:31 am - Reply

      Thanks for the love Wendy. Have a great day!

  3. Lonya Sherief May 22, 2012 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    I think that we overlook the value of acting with integrity no matter how big or small the decision, integrity ensures you make the right decision.

    This blog personifies one of my core values about how we can look after our character, as after all we alone are responsible for our behavior and its consequences. The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts-thats enough for me to live my life with integrity.

    Thanks for saying this as “our lives begin to end the minute we become silent about the things that matter” – Martin Luther King

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