Why integrity is important to resilience

Aug 16, 2023 | Insights

Integrity is a major element of your resilience, and whilst money can be damaging, it is also essential to maintaining your integrity.
I worked as a junior salesman in a financial services organisation many years ago. We should all do it! There is nothing like tramping the streets of London in the pouring rain selling insurance door-to-door to teach you a thing or two about how not to sell.

However, when I realised that some senior sales executives were beginning to adopt unethical practices, I started to have more serious doubts. These practices were not unlawful by any manner of means. Still, the fact that we were remunerated partly by commission allowed more experienced sales executives to make a bit more money than they might have.

The tension between integrity and security

These practices spread through training sessions and accompanied sales visits. At first, these seemed minor “adjustments” to the sales processes we were required to follow. The effect seemed negligible and not worth worrying about, but as the team began to fry bigger fish, the impact became more pronounced, and our integrity came under strain.

One thing stopped me and others from leaving. We had an income, and, as most of us were living hand to mouth then, we didn’t want to risk our income disappearing. As time passed, the tension between integrity and security grew. The situation came to a head when the directors stepped in and wound up the team. Not good.

Like all these experiences, it was not fun at the time, but it taught me that money is an integral part of integrity. I would have had no qualms about leaving earlier if I had put aside money to tide me over the gap before I found another income.

Integrity is central to resilience.

Integrity is an essential element of our resilience. Without integrity, we are vulnerable to forces beyond our control, and, as my story shows, money is a necessary part of integrity – though not the only part.

Here are some questions to help you consider the strength of your integrity and the impact on your resilience.

  • Do you regard establishing trust with others as critical, or do you rarely take the time to build trust?
  • Do you recognise the reality of situations and tell it how it is, or do you tend to say whatever advances you? Maybe you recognise the reality of facts but are less exact with the inferences.
  • Do you always finish what you start, or leave others in the lurch by walking away before you finish the job?
  • Do you view your mistakes as shameful and to be kept hidden or as a source of learning and growth
  • Do you take active steps to grow and develop?
  • Do you act like a god and expect others to bow down to you, or do you recognise and accept that some things are more significant than you?

Your answers should help you to build your integrity and resilience. You can see, from the other person’s point of view, how important these questions are, especially if you are looking at a new purpose in your life and want to make a difference amongst other people.

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Taking it further:

Dr Henry Cloud writes authoritatively on the subject of integrity, and the questions above are inspired by his work. Cloud, Henry. Integrity : The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality. New York, Harper, 2009.


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