Check Your Integrity



At this week’s HALO Staff Meeting, the team used our time together to revisit the topic of Integrity. We asked the questions, “How can we better maintain our own integrity?” “How can we better maintain integrity as a team?” and “What are the best ways to teach our youth to live life with integrity?” To answer our questions we took a personal inventory on the 5 ways to help build your integrity from an article by Alice Martin on


  1. Make promises and keep them.
  1. Be honest in all your communications.
  1. Keep yourself and your environment clean and organized.
  1. Stay focused.
  1. Allow for the proper influences.


The HALO team recognized these building blocks of integrity as the values we maintain when interacting with our youth. It’s important to us to be positive role models on the kids we teach so that they may also learn the building blocks of integrity. Integrity means following your moral or ethical convictions and doing the right thing in all circumstances, even if no one is watching you. Having integrity means you are true to yourself and would do nothing that demeans or dishonors you.


How to Have Everyday Integrity

  • Never betray a friend’s trust even if you get in trouble.
  • Inform the cashier he gave you too much change back.
  • Do not gossip or talking badly about someone.
  • Do not let someone else take the blame for something you did.
  • If someone gives you confidential information, never tell anyone what you know.


Integrity in the Workplace

  • Work when you are supposed to and save socializing, snacking, searching the Internet and personal phone calls for break time.
  • Show respect to coworkers with appropriate conversation and empathy.
  • If you are in management, keep your employees informed so they will know what is coming and what needs to be done.
  • Adhere to company policies and procedures.
  • Be responsible. Do what you say you will do.
  • If you make a mistake and a team’s project gets messed up or you miss a deadline, own up to your mistake. Don’t let teammates take the fall.
  • Work together as a team. This builds trust and shows integrity.
  • If you find yourself in a conflict of interest, get out of it as soon as possible.

Integrity in Quotes

  • “Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.” – W. Clement Stone
  • “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “Perhaps the surest test of an individual’s integrity is his refusal to do or say anything that would damage his self-respect.” – Thomas S. Monson
  • “One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.” – Chinua Achebe
  • “You are in integrity when the life you are living on the outside matches who you are on the inside.” – Alan Cohen


Understanding the actions caused by integrity starts with knowing what is important and holding fast to that idea, even when it is not convenient or to your benefit.