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Idea 24: Integrity

Integrity is the noblest possession.

Roman proverb

Field Marshal Lord Slim defined integrity by its effects: ‘It is the quality which makes people trust you.’ But what is it about integrity that induces that feeling?

The word itself means entireness, wholeness, soundness. It is a holistic word. You might be tempted to conclude that integrity as such does not exist; perhaps it is the pattern of all your moral qualities. For it implies a unity that indicates an independence of parts and the completeness and perfection of the whole.

Nevertheless, there are some distinctive elements. Integrity implies adherence to a code of moral, artistic or other values. It suggests, too, trustworthiness and incorruptibility to a degree that ...

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