By: Grace Farley Integrity, the antonym is dishonesty and the synonym is honor. This paints a fairly clear picture within these two words. Honesty is a pure ethical principle through which a person can earn respect and honor. Respect and honor from others helps build lasting personal and business relationships, which leads to long-term success. Ethics and success are deeply linked. Ethics are the foundation on which long-term success is built. Integrity is defined as the adherence to moral and ethical principles. Integrity is, therefore, the result of strong ethics. It is a quality I strive to uphold. Since I was little, integrity was not something merely encouraged by my family, it was expected. Honesty was the only policy and responsibility was something to be demonstrated daily. My family has not only encouraged, but demanded that I grow to be an ethical young woman. I am grateful for my parents’ high standards and good example because it has laid the foundation for my success in and out of the classroom. My father was part of a committee to formulate the guiding principles of his company. They wrote this statement as a cornerstone for their business: “We will demand honesty and integrity in everything we do.” Beneath this statement they included a “Why this is important?” clause that states “By consistently doing the right thing with conviction, candor, compassion, and courage, we will earn and keep the respect of our clients and coworkers. We must always be respectful of and accountable to our clients, our coworkers, and ourselves.” The guiding principle is powerful. It stresses the importance of accountability as a part of maintaining integrity. Time after time I have found this to be true. By taking leadership roles in my extracurricular activities, not only have I needed to be accountable to members of my clubs, but I have to hold them accountable as well. For example, as president of a large county-wide 4-H group, I am expected to be...
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