The passing of US Senator John McCain has prompted a wealth of bipartisan comments about the man he was throughout his political career, and his entire life.

Although I don’t usually bring politics into The Morris Code (and I’m not even in the United States), the outpouring of admiration reminds me of one of the six fundamental principles of TMC and that is to “personify integrity”.

I didn’t know Senator McCain personally, but based on what I’ve always heard about him, I believe he truly did personify integrity.

What has that got to do with being a confident professional and high performer at work? It’s quite simple …

When you personify integrity (mean what you say and say what you mean), and know yourself so well that you know exactly what you stand for, you will of course be confident, competent and productive. They all go hand-in-hand.

Action – Think of someone you truly respect. Someone who you feel is successful. Someone who you trust and who makes you feel valuable. Does he or she personify integrity? Have high self-awareness? Confidence? 

No one can tell you what your integrity ‘should’ be. That is entirely up to you. But modelling someone who you think has integrity is a great place to start.

And remember, if you don’t know what you stand for, you’ll fall for anything!