Denouncements regarding the disrespect of women are in the news again due to the Weinstein harassment accusations. We’ve heard similar support of women following harassment accounts on Cosby, Trump, Ailes and O’Reilly. It’s been reported that many people were aware of the abusive behaviors of these men and did nothing about it. Knowing what they knew, could they have respected these men? And doesn’t their knowing and not speaking out diminish their own standing? So how do these denouncements or firings or arrests curb powerful men’s abuse of power? They don’t! An individual with an inflated ego cannot relate to negative consequences when he believes he is immune from them. Denouncements and discussions may bring a topic to light, but they don’t change an individual. The real question in all of this is why did these powerful men lack integrity? Is it because they initially had none or did they choose to abandon it along the road to power? We often align power with money or position. But true power is value based. Our integrity shouts our worth. It is a statement of our power to everyone we encounter. Integrity respects other people regardless of gender or race or religion or position because integrity is about the individual himself, not the other person. All day long, we make choices. Some of those choices affect others. Do I use my power to harass for the first or the fiftieth time? Do I write contracts excusing harassing behavior due to financial gain? Do I remain silent knowing my associate is harassing innocent individuals? The way we treat others is an extension of our values and a choice. Integrity is a choice. Maybe more of us should choose it.