1.1Definition of Integrity
Integrity is consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectationsand outcome. As a holistic concept, it judges the quality of a system in terms of its ability toachieve its own goals. A value system's abstraction depth and range of applicable interaction mayalso function as significant factors in identifying integrity due to their congruence or lack of congruence with empirical observation. A value system may evolve over time while retainingintegrity if those who espouse the values account for and resolve inconsistencies . In our opinion, integrity can be categorized into
Sincerity is behavior that is unfeigned and presents no false appearance. Leaders withintegrity are sincere and their actions match their words. The more a leader’s behavior matcheshis or her words, the more loyal people will become, both to the leader and
the organization .
A single example of integrity makes an impression, but a leader’s behavior must beconsistent if he or she is to successfully shape an organization. In fact, integrity is an imperativesince a single breach of integrity can leave a permanent scar. Leaders must also be consistent intheir enforcement of disciplinary standards. A commander who uses discriminators such as rank or friendship to determine a response to a breach of discipline has a serious integrity problem. Nothing destroys morale quite as effectively as “throwing the book” at a junior officer for aserious infraction while allowing a senior officer to retire in lieu of punishment for similar behavior. Leaders must practice what they preach and apply standards even-handedly. It isessential for discipline, for morale, and for mission accomplishment .