Committed to Integrity since 1995
“Integrity is the quality of being honest...It is generally a personal choice...”
Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. It is generally a personal choice to uphold
oneself to consistent moral and ethical standards.
In ethics, integrity is regarded by many people as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one's actions. Integrity can stand in opposition to hypocrisy, in that judging with the standards of integrity involves regarding internal consistency as a virtue, and suggests that parties holding within themselves apparently conflicting values should account for the discrepancy or alter their beliefs.
The word integrity evolved from the Latin adjective integer, meaning whole or complete. In this context, integrity is the inner sense of “wholeness” deriving from qualities such as honesty and consistency of character. As such, one may judge that others “have integrity” to the extent that they act according to the values, beliefs and principles they claim to hold.
Integrity is a personal choice, an uncompromising and predictably consistent commitment to honor moral, ethical, spiritual and artistic values and principles.
Developing personal integrity requires examining your beliefs and value system, and taking conscious steps to behave in ways that are consistent with your personal moral code.
An organization’s success depends on the integrity of its employees. Integrity is an internal system of principles which guides our behavior.
Integrity is a choice rather than an obligation. Even though influenced by upbringing and exposure, integrity cannot be forced by outside sources.
Integrity conveys a sense of wholeness and strength. When we are acting with integrity we do what is right – even when no one is watching.
People of integrity are guided by a set of core principles that empowers them to behave consistently to high standards. The core principles of integrity are virtues, such as: compassion, dependability, generosity, honesty, kindness, loyalty, maturity, objectivity, respect, trust and wisdom. Virtues are the valuable personal and professional assets employees develop and bring to work each day.
The sum of all virtues equals integrity.
There is a dynamic relationship between integrity and ethics, where each strengthens, or reinforces, the other. Personal integrity is the foundation for ethics – good business ethics encourages integrity. A person who has worked hard to develop a high standard of integrity will likely transfer these principles to their professional life. Possessing a high degree of integrity, a person’s words and deeds will be in alignment with the ethical standards of the organization.
The right thing to do is not always the easy thing.
It can be challenging for organizations to establish and then comply with their own ethical standards. Whether ethics are defined or not,
employees at all levels experience pressures to act against ethical standards and counter to their own integrity. Some say one thing and then,
in the heat of battle, do another. It takes awareness and courage to act in that moment; to hold out for a choice that is in alignment with the
stated ethics of the organization and the integrity of those involved.
Just as there are risk factors for one’s health, there are factors that discourage or encourage integrity. A person lacking self-esteem, friendships and financial stability has a higher than normal likelihood of acting without integrity. A person with high self-esteem, a strong support system and a balanced life will most likely act with integrity.
Our integrity is always being tested. If we have the courage to ask the right question, we will often know the right answer. Following are some sample questions to guide a person in the right direction:
Signs of Integrity