1. Integrity is a vehicle for the philosophical and spiritual musings of  an ideal mind,  while the term ethics is used in different ways. In  broad sense ethics means application of everyday moral or ethical norms being followed by individuals.

 Integrity is what provides the inspiration to convert awareness into action. In particular, truthfulness and honesty are considered important elements of Integrity.,

Following are Indicators of integrity:

Open to feedback

Accepts personal responsibility

Balances one’s needs with the needs of others

Practices understanding and compassion

Seeks the advice of others

Respectful of views that are different 

Acts with integrity even when it is inconvenient

Keeps agreements

Knows the difference between humor and hostility.


2. Ethics in general,  focuses on the moral actions of individuals. It is in this sense also that many people, in discussing business ethics, immediately raise examples of immoral or unethical activity by individuals. Ethics sought to provide an explicit ethical framework within which to evaluate business, and especially corporate activities.

An organization’s success depends on the integrity of its employees. We have all witnessed the severe problems that result in the personal, professional and political arena, when anyone, at any level, acts without integrity.  When an organization’s reputation is damaged, there ensues a tragic loss of both customers and good employees. Organizations of all types are now taking a proactive approach in preventing problems by offering trainings about ethics and integrity

Ethics: is an external system of rules and laws. Usually there are rewards when we follow the rules and punishments when we break them.

Integrity: is an internal system of principles which guides our behavior. The rewards are intrinsic. Integrity is a choice rather than an obligation. Even though influenced by upbringing and exposure, integrity cannot be forced by outside sources.  Integrity conveys a sense of wholeness and strength.   When we are acting with integrity we do what is right – even when no one is watching. People of integrity are guided by a set of core principles that empowers them to behave consistently to high standards. The core principles of integrity are virtues, such as: compassion, dependability, generosity, honesty, kindness, loyalty, maturity, objectivity, respect, trust and wisdom. Virtues are the valuable personal and professional assets employees develop and bring to work each day. 

The sum of all virtues equals integrity.

There is a dynamic relationship between integrity and ethics, where each strengthens, or reinforces, the other.  Personal integrity is the foundation for ethics – good business ethics encourages integrity.  A person who has worked hard to develop a high standard of integrity, is most  likely to transfer these principles to his professional life. Possessing a high degree of integrity, a person’s words and deeds will be in alignment with the ethical standards of the organization.

Questions of Integrity

Our integrity is always being tested during these challenging times. If we have the courage to ask the right question we will often know the right answer. Here is a sample list of questions to guide one in the right direction:

Do I believe this is the right course of action?

Am I being just, fair and considerate?

Would I want others to act the same way?

Is there someone I could talk to who would help me enlarge my perspective?

Is this the right Time, Intention, Person, Place and Style?

Could I make an adjustment that would prevent or alleviate harm?

How will I feel about myself afterwards?


Alok Mohan


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