Integrity is derived linguistically from the Latin term integer, which signifies completeness and wholeness. Integrity is the concept of consistency between activities, values, techniques, measurements, principles, expectations, and results. Barbara Killinger seeks to define integrity as a personal decision, an unwavering and constant commitment to uphold moral, ethical, spiritual, and aesthetic beliefs and ideals.
In describing respectable and principled human action, it has retained these two concepts, namely fullness and wholeness. A person with high integrity has a consistent character that demonstrates honesty and an unwavering commitment to truthfulness and ethical principles. He clings to these beliefs out of free will and self-respect, without fear of retribution or expectation of reward.
Integrity in Human Science
As is commonly known, people of integrity are guided by a set of guiding principles that enable them to consistently uphold high standards of conduct. Integrity is characterised by compassion, reliability, generosity, honesty, kindness, loyalty, maturity, objectivity, respect, trust, and sagacity. Virtues are the valuable personal and professional assets that individuals acquire and bring to work every day.
The success of a business depends on the integrity of its employees. As numerous observers have noted, when a company’s reputation is tarnished, it suffers a devastating loss of both consumers and skilled workers. Providing ethics and integrity trainings, organisations of all types increasingly adopt a proactive approach to problem prevention.
Integrity: The Qalb of Everyone
In addition to qualifications and talents, every individual, and especially Muslims, must also possess the character trait of Integrity in order to be successful in any endeavour. When no one is seeing your actions, but you still do the correct thing, this might be a representation of integrity. The lack of integrity and trust will not only affect the individual, but also the organization’s performance and reputation. It is similar to a ruler in our hearts, how we measure good and wrong.
In Islam, this concept of integrity can also be expressed with the nature of trust and itqan (earnest). In the Qur’an, Allah SWT described among the attributes of believers is that they exercise trust and keep their promises.