12 Feb #003 – Integriosity – The Basics – Genesis
Integriosity® = Integrity + Generosity
We made up the word “Integriosity” to capture the goal of living out faithful integrity, including having a “Why” centered on loving and serving others with generosity.
Integrity is far more than honesty or incorruptibility—it means complete and undivided. Integrous is committed to helping leaders live congruous lives of “faithful integrity” in which all they do at work is informed, guided and part of their faith. Integrous is committed to helping leaders build organizational cultures of faithful integrity that reflect Biblical values and in which actions align with the organization’s “Why”—it is “integrity with a purpose”. Core to faithful integrity are the two great commandments (love God and love your neighbor) and God’s model of love as giving and serving generously.
Integriosity arises from a commitment to Biblical beliefs, values and priorities that leads a person or organization, instinctively, to do the right things, for the right reasons and in the right ways. It is not striving out of duty, to be accepted or to receive blessings. It is the alignment of belief and action through transformation.
To manage a business in a way that grows out of a Biblical view of relationships, community and human dignity before God has divine significance, irrespective of what else might be done from this platform. (James Hunter)
In the words of Oswald Chambers, “The secret of a Christian’s life is that the supernatural becomes natural in him as a result of the grace of God”. In describing his concept of “faithful presence” (how we live out the commandment to love and serve others generously) in his book To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy & Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World, sociologist James Hunter says we are called “to enact the shalom of God” wherever God has placed us, which includes managing organizations “in a way that grows out of a Biblical view of relationships, community and human dignity.” We believe this requires aligning organizational core virtues with a leader’s personal Biblical core virtues and cultivating an organizational culture of Shalom that reinforces those organizational core virtues—it requires Integriosity.