Integrity is the quality of having strong ethical or moral principles and following them at all times, no matter who’s watching. Integrity is the practice of being honest and showing a consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral and ethical principles and values.
Integrity Empowers Human Being:
- Integrity “is doing the right thing, even when no one is looking.” Integrity is a foundational moral virtue, and the bedrock upon which good character is built.
- Acting with integrity means understanding, accepting, and choosing to live in accordance with one’s principles, which will include honesty, fairness, and decency. A person of integrity will consistently demonstrate good character by being free of corruption and hypocrisy.
- Integrity is revealed when people act virtuously regardless of circumstance or consequences. This often requires moral courage.
Examples of Integrity:
- Leadership Integrity: Ex-ISRO Chairman Satish Dhawan accepted responsibility for Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s failure in 1979 when the Dr Kalam-headed SLV-3 Mission satellite fell into the Bay of Bengal.
Professional Integrity: It was in the 2003 World Cup semi-final against Sri Lanka that Gilchrist decided to walk off to the pavilion despite being given not out by the on-field umpire Rudi Koertzen.
Indeed, integrity is the critical connection between ethics and moral action.