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15.12.2012 Feature Article

CORE VALUES: INTEGRITY

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Values are qualities that define your existence. They are the cornerstones around which life revolves. Values give a framework to your life. They give you things which you believe in and follow for the rest of your life. Values are important because they lend a modicum of meaning to your life and provide the guiding light to all of your activities. Indeed values are those intangible aspects of a person's personality, which although unseen, still continue to govern his actions and all that he does. And one of the core values, integrity, is prescribed to be one which you ought to follow for life.

-Corporate Values and Personal Values
Corporate values and personal values are two things which can be different and similar at the same time. Corporate values are those values which the entire organization espouses. Often those values are forced upon the employees of the company by the owners, as they are the values of the owner and not necessarily those of the employee. But the need for corporate values is clear when you look at the bigger picture. If so many people with a different value system come together, wouldn't that lead to chaos? Hence at times, it is essential to have a standard value system for all.

Personal values are more close to a person's psyche because, well, they are his own. If values like integrity stem from within himself, then he will obviously be able to follow these values better than he would follow corporate values and integrity.

Achieving Integrity
Like I said before, core values are values which you ought to internalize and follow for the rest of your life, for they stand for what you believe in. Integrity, honesty, hard work, self-belief... the list could go on and on. But certainly, there are the values which are existence-defining and make you the person you are. Of course, you may choose the opposite, less cherished 'dark side' of dishonesty, cruelty and un-mannerliness, but then those aren't the right things to have.

What does integrity stand for? Integrity means keeping one's morality intact. A person who believes in being morally correct is said to have integrity.

So what does a person with integrity do? Is it about helping an old lady cross the road? Is it the voice of conscience which stops him before he picks up something that is not his? Is it about respecting his elders and taking care of those younger to him?

Well it is a mix of all these things. Integrity is being passionate about what you do. Integrity is being passionate about what you believe in. It is about being morally correct in all your endeavors. It is about following the rest of your core values and not wavering in doing so. It is about following what you believe in, which is morally correct.

Integrity, as you see is a very important value to possess in life. A man is judged a lot on his integrity to his family, his work and most of all, to himself.

Any leader who cherished his integrity respects the opinion of others. Politicians just think about this

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Nicholas Ameyaw-Akumfi
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