“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”
– Albert Einstein.
Developing and preserving integrity is no easy feat. It’s a character-building process that takes a lot of experiential learning and wisdom.
What a man says, believes, feels, and does — all of these reflect his integrity (or the lack of it).
In this article, we’ll dive into the admirable characteristics of a noble man with true integrity. Learn more about how a man who possesses integrity values truth, sincerity, and principles.
Let’s get started.
1) He is honest and trustworthy
A noble man with true integrity always makes honesty a priority. He remains truthful even when it’s the hardest thing to do.
This can be very tricky, as we may find ourselves being dishonest with the best of intentions. Those little white lies can be tempting because we don’t want to ‘hurt’ others.
But for a noble man, honest communication is the norm rather than the exception. You won’t find him lying, cheating, exaggerating, or manipulating others through deception.
He will show his genuine feelings and opinions in ways that are diplomatic and respectful. You can always count on him to keep his promises and do what he says he’ll do.
2) He is humble
He is not one to put a premium on self-aggrandizement. Of course, he will celebrate his accomplishments, but he will never be arrogant and boastful.
He knows that humility is an indication of tremendous inner strength. It’s about embracing his humanness — acknowledging what he’s good at and working on his limitations.
He also believes that while nobody is perfect, everybody can improve themselves by being open to advice and criticism.
3) He values respect
Does he carry himself with class and dignity? Does he treat everyone with dignity and courtesy, regardless of social status, wealth, gender, race, or any other factor?
You will know the character of a noble man by the way he behaves towards people who may be different from him.
He doesn’t make anyone feel excluded. He acts with kindness even when no one is watching.
If he is kind to his family, friends, and co-workers but is always rude to waiters and taxi drivers, then that’s a sign that he’s not a noble man with true integrity.
4) He is compassionate
More often than not, a noble man with integrity is selfless. He cares about the well-being of others and goes out of his way to reach out with genuine concern.
He knows that sometimes, he doesn’t have to offer solutions or fix anything. Just by simply listening as actively and generously as he can, he makes other people feel seen, heard, and understood.
By practicing the power of compassion, he chooses to be less self-centered and more connected to others.
This brings me to my next point…..
5) He serves others
Instead of asking “What’s in it for me?” or “How am I going to get what’s mine?”, a noble man with true integrity focuses on how he can be good to others.
He actively seeks opportunities to make his community a better place. He has an increased awareness of both the needs and importance of others, that’s why he goes the extra mile to make sacrifices for people.
He’s more than happy and willing to help those in need. He generously shares his time, talents, and resources for the greater good.
6) He is courageous
Living with integrity takes a lot of courage.
That’s why a noble man is brave enough to speak the truth and stand up for what he believes in, even when it’s inconvenient or unpopular to do.
Most importantly, he consistently does the right thing even in the face of doubts, temptations, risks, and adversity.
He is not afraid to stand up to injustice. He will never compromise his values and principles, no matter the consequences.
Integrity is a value that he lives by every moment of his life, including the little choices and moments that no one sees.
7) He is purposeful and intentional
If there’s one thing that inspires and motivates a noble man with true integrity, it’s having a deeper sense of purpose.
Knowing his ‘why’ benefits every aspect of his existence and enriches his life in wonderful ways. Being intentional empowers him to….
- Define and stand by his core values
- Be clear with his goals and stay focused on achieving them
- Practice mindfulness
- Take care of his well-being
- Keep trying new things
- Maintain and cultivate strong relationships
- Be part of something bigger than himself
8) He is authentic
This goes back to our earlier point about how a noble man with true integrity remains truthful. And it all starts with being honest with himself.
His presence radiates with integrity because he has a strong sense of self. He doesn’t pretend to be someone else, and he doesn’t get validation from others.
He doesn’t hide his true thoughts and emotions. He’s always transparent with himself and others.
He builds trust by consistently acting according to his beliefs, values, and principles.
This also means saying ‘no’ to people, things, and experiences that go against his boundaries.
9) He is empathetic
Being honest all the time requires a high level of emotional intelligence. That’s why empathy is a hallmark of a noble man with true integrity.
People find it easy to connect with him because he’s not afraid to be vulnerable. He acknowledges his emotions and can effectively manage them.
He also shows that he cares about others by validating their emotions. He may not always agree with them, but he strives to understand their challenges, strengths, and points of view.
10) He is accountable and responsible
Most of the time, it’s much easier to blame others. But for a noble man, integrity is also about taking ownership of all your choices and decisions, even when you fail or make mistakes.
The strength of his character shows in the way he takes a stand on the moral values of right and wrong.
He will be the first to admit his mistakes, apologize for them, correct them, and learn from them.
He believes that being responsible means accepting the consequences that come with our choices.
It also comes with the realization that even if he makes mistakes, there are opportunities to try again and make things better.
11) He is fair-minded
Does he show favoritism or prejudice? Does he make judgments that are partial or full of personal bias?
A noble man with true integrity always strives to be fair and reasonable. He is open to other people’s perspectives, and he gives everyone equal opportunities to be heard and understood.
He is an exemplary role model, one who creates an inclusive environment where people are free to express themselves without fear of shame or ridicule.
And it doesn’t stop there: He calls out anyone who discriminates against others.
12) He is wise
Wisdom is hard-earned and cultivated, and the pay-offs are big. That’s why a noble man with true integrity trains his mind and controls his emotions. He acts wisely by….
- Thinking before he speaks or acts. He listens more than he talks. And when he speaks, he makes it count.
- Pushing himself out of his comfort zone and seeking new knowledge.
- Putting things in perspective before jumping to conclusions.
- Not blindly following the status quo.
- Surrounding himself with positive people.
13) He is optimistic
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not always easy to look for the silver lining. And you might be wondering: how does a man with integrity benefit from cultivating positive thinking?
Here’s the deal: there is power in seeing the good in people and situations. He has positive expectations for the future, and this disposition helps him stay energetic, dedicated, and invested in his dreams.
He finds creative ways to use his strengths, and he takes a few minutes each day to be grateful for all the good things that happen to him.
14) He is disciplined and determined
A noble man with true integrity knows the value of persistence. He achieves so much, so consistently because he is willing to put in the hard work to reach his goals.
He pushes himself forward and fights for his dreams, even when he doesn’t feel like doing so. He is willing to forgo short-term pleasure for long-term gain.
But how does he build daily diligence?
He aims for progress, not perfection. He keeps himself in check, tracks and measures his progress, and celebrates his wins.
15) He is resilient
Thanks to his glass-half-full mentality, a noble man with true integrity can bounce back stronger from setbacks and challenges.
Sure, he also feels sad, angry, and frustrated when things don’t go well. But he doesn’t get stuck in emotions. He has better control over impulses and delayed gratification.
He constantly searches for new solutions to problems. He doesn’t give up easily, and he finds productive ways to work through the pain.