If you’re trying to determine if someone has real integrity, if they can be relied on, and if they are kind of person worth having in your life, look for these 11 traits. These habits come second nature to genuine and trustworthy people, and if you have someone in your life who has integrity, count yourself lucky.
1. They’re trustworthy.
Trust goes beyond just agreeing to keep a secret or watching your cat for the weekend. Being trustworthy means they can be counted on no matter what.
2. They’re accountable.
We all make mistakes, but a person with genuine integrity knows when to take the blame. If a mistake was made, then they will be the first to admit if they had a hand in it.
3. They’re reliable.
Along with accountability, reliability is another big clue to someone’s integrity. No one likes someone who promises big but doesn’t deliver. Integrity means following through and being reliable.
4. They don’t mind sharing the spotlight.
This is particularly important in the office. If you’re working on a project with a team, but only one person takes the credit, you know you won’t want to work with them in future.
It can seriously sour both the office environment and the home if your partner or colleague doesn’t share any credit. If your co-worker gives your fellow teammates a shoutout, that’s important. If they work well in a team and share the responsibility, that’s also a sign that they are genuine and responsible.
5. They’re humble.
A little humility goes a long way, but if you have someone in your life who is constantly avoiding praise or compliments, remind them of how important and valuable they are, and that it’s okay to accept the praise.
You can judge someone’s integrity based on how they handle compliments. On the other hand, someone without a lot of humility might not be able to keep their ego in check.
6. They work to find a solution.
Even people with the best moral compass and a stringent code of ethics will find themselves in an argument or disagreement at one point or another. It’s human nature.
However, people with integrity don’t spend their time arguing their side. Instead, they will work to find a solution and compromise.
7. They’re genuine.
Finding a genuine person might be a little like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Being genuine means being sincere in everything you do. When a person of integrity gives you a compliment, you know they genuinely mean it. Or if they ask how you are, you know they genuinely care.
Genuine people are also direct. Calling it like it is, not maliciously, but simply being frank, is a good measurement of someone’s character.
8. They’re generous.
You can tell a lot about a person based on how they talk to the server at a restaurant. Genuine people don’t treat the waitstaff as second-class citizens.
But you can also tell a lot about someone based on how they tip, donate to a cause in need, or discuss money among friends and family. Generosity and genuineness tend to go hand in hand.
9. They always lend a helping hand.
Beyond donating to the local food pantry or the Red Cross, genuine integrity means naturally lending a helping hand if it’s needed. Someone who doesn’t mind giving their time, perhaps even more than their money, obviously cares deeply for other people and is one of the signs of people with integrity.
10. They’re kind.
People with integrity know that being kind to others is priority number one. If they see someone is having a rough day, they will go out of their way to make them feel better. People with integrity are always ready with a kind word or smile.
11. They raise others up.
Sometimes you come across people who love to tear others down. Everyone needs someone who supports them, but those with integrity go the extra mile. Genuine individuals want you to succeed so they will hold you to your goals and help you achieve them.
H/T: Higher Perspective