Integrity vs. honesty

Integrity and honesty are often thought to be synonyms, but they aren’t. To be honest is to match your words to reality. To have integrity is to match reality to your words.

When an honest person says they have made a good presentation, you can take their word for it. When a person with high integrity tells you they will make a strong presentation, you can leave them to it and trust that they will do it. When they commit to eating healthy or exercising more, they actually follow through on these commitments.

Integrity goes beyond honesty – to have integrity is to extend your honesty from the past into the future.

Inspiration: Steven Covey

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