The Importance of Integrity When Building Teams

Most people underestimate the value of integrity when building a high performing team. Please don’t make that mistake! So, what does it take to build a high-performing team? A high-performing team has certain unique attributes that separate it from others, in that, they have more effective work practices, mutual respect among leaders and team members, shared values and vision, and open and clear communication. 

Integrity is imperative for high-performance teams, for obvious reasons. A person with integrity will demonstrate sound moral and ethical principles while doing the right thing, no matter who’s watching and regardless of the consequences associated with their decisions. They will always do what’s right and reject what’s wrong. 

Why is integrity important when building high-performing teams? 

Integrity is a trait that fosters a positive workplace culture. This culture is composed of open communication and quick decision-making based on a strong moral compass that guides all decisions and actions. If you are known for being a person of integrity, you will naturally gain the trust and respect of those around you. 

So, what are the qualities of a person of integrity? 

1. Your actions are always consistent with your words. 

2. You are always trustworthy and reliable. 

3. You always communicate honestly and openly.

4. You have values and your behaviors reflect those values. 

5. You always admit mistakes and you are never afraid to show you care. 

No team can exist without trust. Teams are more likely to solve complex problems due to their collaborative relationships. Trust opens the doors for moderate risk-taking, feeling free to speak one’s mind, and allows positive emotions to emerge such as curiosity, confidence, and inspiration. These positive emotions, in turn, broaden the mind and help build a high-performing team. 

Is it too late to build a culture of integrity for your team? 

No way, it is never too late! Companies should strive to create an atmosphere of honesty that aligns with established norms of what is understood to be ethical behavior. However, creating a culture of honesty and integrity should start and end with the leader. A company’s true values and culture are dictated by its leader’s words, actions, and decisions. Leaders have the influence and clout to inspire others to adopt integrity. 

Here are a few simple tips to build a culture of integrity: 

1. Respect your employees. Your staff deserves your respect at all times. 2. Stay focused. Always keep your focus on what’s honest and true. 

3. Have accountability. Words are only powerful if you back them up with actions. 4. Pay attention to your environment and be organized. 

5. Honor your commitments, such as showing to work on time and not making excuses.

6. Keep your word. Always deliver on your promises. 

7. Surround yourself with honest people. The type of people you choose to employ says a lot.