...at all levels
Moral wholeness for a whole world
Do you not know that a little leaven
leavens the whole lump of dough?
I Corinthians 5:6.
Integrity does not mean perfection. It does mean though that if one makes a mistake or does something wrong, then he/she is willing to acknowledge it, and as necessary apologize and make amends. So integrity at all levels involves a commitment to act with moral wholeness, realizing that one will fall short of the moral mark. It also means understanding that we may try to rationalize away our responsibility for our mistakes or wrongdoings: hypocrisy. Hypocrisy can trump integrity. And I think we are all guilty of this at times. So...we must trust ourselves to act with integrity, but not trust ourselves completely.
“Here are ten tactics used to avoid accountability for mistakes, poor practice, dysfunction, and outright deviance…These tactics illustrate what not to do when we and our organisations are asked to give an account of our work - be it via routine self-assessments or requests to explain our actions. They can serve to minimise cognitive dissonance, to protect ourselves, or to intentionally misrepresent the facts. Understanding how we can get it wrong can be a helpful way to avoid some of these proven “tactical tricks” for avoiding accountability.