... the self - imposed obligation to keep a promise and act honorably even when the opportunity and the incentive not to do so exist.
The best definition of integrity which we could find was given by Barbara Killinger:
“Integrity is a personal choice, an uncompromising and predictably consistent commitment to honor moral, ethical, spiritual and artistic values and principles.”
In a business sense, integrity means the personal choice of the executive to make happen the things that he / she has committed to achieve, as well as the self-driven determination to produce these results, based on his / her internal motivation and value system.
In environments like Romania, integrity is a very valuable component of an executive’s personality, because its society is still stunned after the radical change which took place in the last 24 years. The society has reached a point where it employs a reversed selection system in its values system, which is still confused: it treats individuals who have no integrity at all as heroes, while labeling the people with integrity as losers.
For us, in our work, integrity is a must-have ingredient. Our clients need to trust the senior executives we recommend and allow them to take decisions which have tremendous potential implications for their business.
This is why we value integrity as the most important personality trait we could hope for.
1 Killinger, Barbara (2010). Integrity: Doing the Right Thing for the Right Reason. McGill-Queen's University Press. p. 12. ISBN 9780773582804. Retrieved 2013-10-15.