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Ethical Edge Letters on Integrity  

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Tuesday, August 03, 2010
What do I honor?
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Promote value in your business
Become a Hero of Integrity in the making


“Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.”
— Aristotle

Who becomes the face and voice of integrity at home, at work and in the community? Courageous ones do. They are everyday heroes who face conflicts yet triumph with choices and actions that are viewed by others as serving a greater good.

Integrity, as defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is a firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values (incorruptibility); an unimpaired condition (soundness); and the quality or state of being complete or undivided (completeness).

Heroes of Integrity seek to become sound of thought and incorruptible in behavior. These individuals know that the disposition of their minds and hearts is constantly being pulled in two distinct directions: selfish good or selfless good. Rarely does an individual attain the ability to continuously act for the selfless good of others. Yet, the reality is that one’s moral and ethical pulse can be measured by how often the actions of an individual move with the purpose of serving the selfless good that distinguishes the life of a Hero of Integrity.

Heroes of Integrity are moral and ethical leaders. They lead by example as they act as exemplars of selfless good. Not a day goes by in my life that I do not notice a Hero of Integrity in the making. These individuals take charge of difficult situations where conflict does not erupt because disrespect is not shown. When I see the Hero of Integrity courageously building this life story, I am inspired to pursue doing the same in mine. I become influenced by a Hero of Integrity in the making.

I find Heroes of Integrity in the making at the bank, the market and the mall. Often, I observe them as hourly waged, part-time employees. Their employers expect them to be courteous to their customers. What I observe is not employer expectation. I see the effort of a Hero of Integrity in the making, one who is learning the art of serving the selfless good. He or she, as Aristotle said, is acquiring a noble character quality by constantly acting in a certain way.

Mission Integrity Action

This week as a Hero of Integrity in the making, I manage conflict by not showing disrespect to another. I do so understanding that integrity’s work requires me to pursue the selfless good that distinguishes me as one who is willing to courageously maneuver with the integrity asset of managing conflict.


Russell Williams,
founder/president
Passkeys Foundation/Ethical Edge
ethicaledge.org