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4. Drivers who drive like a normal person.
How a person drives on the roads says a lot about them, their personality, temperament, and also their sense of entitlement. When you are on the road, you are in the middle of chaos, so how you behave and handle yourself says a lot. If you honk constantly or drive aggressively without thinking about others’ and your safety, then you are not really showing a lot of integrity.
People who drive like this tend to forget the fact that the roads do not belong to them only; it’s for everyone and is public property. Even if you are in a lot of hurry, choosing to drive like a sane person keeping in mind that there are other people on the road, shows that you are someone with a lot of integrity. Showing patience and cooperation for your fellow commuters says a lot about you as a person, and how you think.
5. Powerful people apologizing for keeping their audience and fans waiting.
People in positions of power tend to believe that they are far superior to the rest, and the world revolves around them. They take themselves very seriously and expect their every whim and fancy to be taken care of. One of the most common behaviors that they tend to indulge in is to believe that others’ feelings and time don’t matter; only theirs’ do.
Many times, company CEOs and recruiters tend to keep candidates waiting for a long time, thinking that they have abundant time on their hands and that the interviewees’ have nothing better to do. Doctors keep their patients waiting for hours while they take their own sweet time in reaching the clinic, knowing full well that not a single patient will leave without getting checked by them. When was the last time an individual in a position of power apologized for their tardiness?
In situations where there is a major power imbalance, make no mistake: The one in the powerful position who apologizes to the one in a less powerful position is showing integrity, ethics, and pure class.
6. Giving someone the benefit of the doubt, when circumstances are foggy.
Modern life is more taxing and fast-paced than ever, and we suffer from stress on an ongoing basis. When we’re stressed, we’re more likely to get defensive and blame others. But instead of drawing conclusions instantly and sometimes give people the benefit of the doubt, imagine how beautiful life will truly be.
In case you are having a fight with your partner, and instead of being overly negative and dismissive towards their feelings, why not try to understand what they are going through? It is not possible for every human being to know what is going on in others’ lives, but it is possible to have a kind heart and not assume the worst immediately. That is what people with integrity do, every step of the way.
Volunteer work is one of the noblest things a person can do because you are trying to do good for people without expecting anything back in return. But alas, most people end up not understanding the importance of this.
But there’s always a bright side. Many men, women, and children choose to do a lot of volunteer work, be it in an animal shelter, food pantry, or any other NGOs. Some have even made it a non-negotiable part of their lives, and sacrifice a lot of their own time to try and do good for others.
It shows a lot of integrity on their part when they choose to put other people and their needs first, instead of their own. That is why most of the social workers and volunteers you come across are considered to be people with the highest amount of integrity.