The Meaning of Integrity

MelodyI hear a lot of people talking about integrity and about having integrity. What is the meaning of integrity? Since it is a nominalisation, do we all share the same definition?
To answer these questions I suggest we start by looking at some dictionary definitions:

  1. The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles: a gentleman of complete integrity.
  2. The state of being whole and undivided: upholding territorial integrity and national sovereignty.
  3. The condition of being unified or sound in construction: the structural integrity of the novel.
  4. Internal consistency or lack of corruption in electronic data: [as modifier]: integrity checking.

Source: Oxford Dictionaries

The meaning that often seems to be expressed when I listen to people talking about others is the pre-supposition that the other person has an integrity that matches their own. Consider this: it is possible for two people to have integrity and yet hold opposing views.

Perhaps it is more useful to gain an understanding of another person’s values rather than to make a generalisation about integrity.
Over the next few weeks I am going to write a series of blogs on this topic and how to choose an appropriate NLP School to align to. This is useful for anyone wishing to start their NLP journey or indeed for Master Practitioners looking to find the best fit for NLP Trainer’s Training.

As always we value your opinion. What do you think about the definitions in the dictionary? Does it fit with your understanding?