Importance of Integrity

Diverse women role models smiling beneath the word Integrity
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Importance of Integrity (1:19)

“A key trait or characteristic that is of utmost importance is integrity. You have to be of the highest integrity, beyond reproach, because at the end of the day, all you have is your word.”

Video Transcript

A key trait or characteristic that is of utmost importance is integrity. You have to be of the highest integrity, beyond reproach, because at the end of the day, all you have is your word.

And to live a life of integrity, you must be honest, not only with yourself, but with other people.

Telling the truth even when it’s not an easy thing to say and doing the right thing even when there’s nobody there to know whether or not you did the right thing.

You don’t cheat. You don’t cut corners in the way you approach doing your job, and if you need help, you ask for it.

Producing work that you can stand behind that is honorable and that’s credible.

Giving your word on something and making sure you deliver on that is of supreme importance, and having that integrity and character in yourself is very important to be successful in life.

You have to have values. There’s a lot of bad influences out there, but once you’re grounded and know what you want in life and what your values are, what your character is, if you have integrity, you’ll be okay.

Discussion Guide

Independent Learning Guide: This all-purpose guide can be used by educators, parents, and mentors to jumpstart a lively discussion about the importance of having integrity.

Classroom Lesson Plan

How do you feel when you do the right thing, even if sometimes it’s not the easiest thing? Is it important to do the right thing even if nobody is watching? Find out what the role models in this video have to say about integrity, or knowing and doing the right thing.

Classroom Lesson Plan: This step-by-step lesson plan is available to guide a more in-depth “before, during, and after” learning experience when viewing the video with students. This lesson plan is also suitable for use in after-school programs and other educational settings.

Empowerment Activities

Use Empowerment Activities as a fun way to reinforce the video topic and build community with your students.

Fun Page Activity

Fun Page Activity: This game of “What Would You Do?” lets you put yourself in the place of someone with some important decisions to make. You decide what to do.