As a priceless essential for success, Integrity is an essential ingredient for long-term growth.

From entrepreneurs to content creators, this key quality is applied in every sphere.

Emirates Woman spoke to some very inspiring women to understand how they hone this principle in their daily lives.

Her Highness Sheikha Amal Al Maktoum

Founder & Creative Director of Azzalia
@azzalia.ae

 

 

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This is The Integrity Issue – what does that mean to you?

Integrity and its value are interspersed in all aspects of our lives. It’s how you exist, how you build relationships, how you create businesses, and it is being honest. It’s how you build your entire life.

How do you implement values of integrity in your life?

For me, integrity is at the core of everything I do, especially in terms of how I’ve grown Azzalia. The quality of being loyal to my customers, giving them the very best of what Azzalia has to offer, and being consistent with it is how I implement values of integrity in my life.

Her Highness Sheikha Mariam bint Khalifa bin Saif Al Nahyan

Founder & Creative Director of MKS Jewellery
@mksjewellery

 

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This is The Integrity Issue – what does this mean to you?

Integrity is about staying true to our core values as a brand, as well as what we value as human beings. It’s about showing who we are through the work we do and the products we produce, and also about being kind to the world around us. By bringing integrity into everything we do, our goal is to show that you can grow a brand while making a positive difference in the world.

How do you implement values of integrity in your life?

Personally, I always work to treat people how I would like to be treated myself. If someone is having a bad day or delivering a negative experience, I look to empathize and understand what could be going on under the surface that I’m unaware of. I also work to provide a fair, honest and transparent service in every area of my life so that everyone I connect with can see instantly what I stand for. Integrity is as much about how you do something as it is about what you do. My goal is to lead by example and constantly learn and grow along the way.

Najla Al Ansari

Entrepreneur & Co-Founder of NOT a SPACE
@notaspace

 

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This is The Integrity Issue – what does that mean to you?

Integrity is an individual’s attitude and true character is reflected by one’s actions. Actions that show honesty, responsibility and fairness.

How do you implement values of integrity in your life?

Integrity is the essence of every action we take when working towards our goals. I always try to be honest with myself first before I act in a certain way with others whether they’re my colleagues or potential clients. And always choosing courage over comfort!

Nora Al Ramadhan

Co-Founder & CEO of Apotheca Beauty
@apothecabeauty

Nora Al Ramadhan

This is The Integrity Issue – what does this mean to you?

To me, integrity means doing what is morally right, even when it is inconvenient for you or behind closed doors. Integrity is staying honest and truthful with yourself; holding yourself accountable and having the courage to apologize and admit when you are wrong.

How do you implement values of integrity in your life?

I do my best to keep my word and treat people fairly. I often ask myself, what is the right thing to do in a situation and what will help me sleep soundly at night. When credit and appreciation are due to others, I go out of my way to do it.

Sheikha Dana Al Khalifa

Founder of The Overdressed
@theoverdressed

Sheikha Dana Al Khalifa

This is The Integrity Issue – what does this mean to you?

Integrity to me means upholding one’s principles and being honest in so doing.

How do you implement values of integrity in your life?

When you have a high set of principles you can be seen as difficult or very fussy when you try to uphold them. I don’t listen to the noise-I try to be as respectful as I can to the environment-I work with Jennifer Klein a couture designer who provides the most magnificent service. This way I make sure my clothes last, they’re well-made and the correct people are being paid for their work.

Sheikha Al Mheiri
Founder of MAD (Making A Difference) Hospitality

Sheikha-Al-Mheiri

This is The Integrity Issue – what does this mean to you?

Integrity is a set of values and principles that’s drive actions and thought. To me, integrity means being myself and sticking to my values and principles, regardless of circumstances or the expectations of other people. It can often be difficult, especially if my conduct or opinions may be misunderstood by others.

How do you implement values of integrity in your life?

Living everyday with ambition and striving for confidence truth and respect in relationships, career and family.

Sarah Alagroobi

Artist, Designer & Co-Curate of the Banat Collective
@sarahalagroobi

Sarah Alagroobi

This is The Integrity Issue – what does this mean to you?

Integrity is in essence, existential evidence of what the world has to offer. I am looking forward to seeing how core values and honour are explored. There are so many different trajectories and definitions on how people integrate integrity in their lives and this issue will echo their sentiments with dignity and grace.

How do you implement values of integrity in your life?

It is important to be able to conceptualise the ideal version of yourself to which you are able to operate from a place of authenticity and genuine rapport. That can only happen if you are able to create an integrated ideal of who you are so that you cement your life within certainty. This is intrinsically linked to your core being and once practised, everything in your life should fall into place. You are no longer looking at who you want to ‘be’, but rather, who you want to ‘become’. The difference between the two is one remains static while the other is a constant state of transformation. This is how I implement it in my life, through integrity, curiosity, purpose and meaning.

Noora Saeed

Founder and Managing Director, VIBE Café & Lash Cosmetics

@noorasaeed

Noora Saeed VIBE

This is The Integrity Issue – what does this mean to you?

Integrity to me means knowing what your values are and sticking to them while managing to truly be your authentic self – and that can only happen when you remain self-aware, and 100% accountable for your actions. When you nail that, you will remain a consistent character, even in situations where external factors can add pressure to compromise on the things you truly believe in.

How do you implement values of integrity in your life?

I always keep my word, in my personal life as well as my professional life. As an entrepreneur, you must be reliable in your promises and commitments. I always look around me and evaluate my environment. Are the people around me reflecting my values? Can I say the same about my business? Do my employees feel valued and respected? The quote ‘treat others how you want to be treated’ is one that we’ve all heard a million times, but it holds true value. People with integrity value other people by showing them respect.

Sara Tamimi

Founder of her namesake fashion brand
@saratamimiofficial

Sara Al Tamimi

This is The Integrity Issue – what does this mean to you?

Strong morals, principles and values.

How do you implement values of integrity in your life?

Eagerness to accomplish rightful acts over comfort or personal interest. I do them for myself and god, not to gain recognition.

Shaikha Noor Al Khalifa and Shaikha Haya Al Khalifa

Founders of Noon by Noor
@noonbynoor

 

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This is The Integrity Issue – what does this mean to you?

The ability to stay true to ourselves – our morals and our values – regardless of the circumstances.

How do you implement values of integrity in your life?

By listening, learning, adapting and respecting differences, while never compromising the core values we grew up with.

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