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Integrity by the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 

Integrity may be a term we use or think of often, but its meaning and relevance can be a bit ambiguous. This is an incredibly thorough examination of the concept from a philosophical point of view, and we recommend this article to individuals looking to take a deep dive into the topic. Discussion includes Integrity as Self-Integration, Identity, Moral Purpose, as a Virtue, and in relation to Social and Political Conditions.

Integrity and Positive Psychology by Ben Dean Ph.D.

Here we have a scientific primer on the construct of integrity. Psychologists need to be very precise with the meanings of their terms, and how they measure abstract ideas. This article offers us an explanation of how “integrity” is used in the positive psychological community. Discussion includes a definition, the well-being benefits of integrity, which social institutions support integrity, and science-backed exercises to cultivate greater integrity in daily life. Lots of good stuff! 

Your Three Feet of Influence by Sharon Salzberg

To make the world a better place, writer Sharon Salzberg says we must first attend to each interaction more carefully: “You cannot control the world, the country, your town, the mood swings of those you love, but you can try to create around you a little bit of space that is all your own, a place where the rules of interaction you’ve chosen make sense and your actions have integrity.”

Creating Integrity: Having Your Life Fully Represent You by Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W.

"Real integrity is something more – the wholeness, integration; that state where your outer life fully represents your inner life, where your values, character, principles overlap and are consistent in your everyday living. A good place to be, especially when it is so easily for us to be fragmented, distracted; to keep our work life, personal life, inner life compartmentalized and so disconnected.” This article includes a relatable and science-backed look at how we might live more authentically. 

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou 

A powerful and beautiful statement of selfhood and independence by the great activist and writer Maya Angelou. Not only a striking and important poem, but a personal declaration of identity by one of the best examples of living with integrity in the face of opposition. 

The Art of Living With Integrity by Thai Nguyen

“The problem is that external achievement and success is not dependent on integrity; it doesn’t appear on your profit and loss statement, your accountant doesn’t calculate integrity on your balance sheet. But ignoring this inner virtue is costly nonetheless..” This is a beautifully written article on the importance of integrity. 

WATCH

This video from the Conscious Leadership Group is an energetic look at four pillars of integrity: Feelings, Communication, Agreements and Responsibility. Anyone who wants to understand integrity and bring more of it into their organization will benefit from considering this argument from Jim Dethmer. 

In a lyrical, unexpectedly funny talk about heavy topics such as frayed relationships and the death of a loved one, Elizabeth Lesser describes the healing process of putting aside pride and defensiveness to make way for soul-baring and truth-telling. "You don't have to wait for a life-or-death situation to clean up the relationships that matter to you," she says. "Be like a new kind of first responder ... the one to take the first courageous step toward the other."

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Integrity, Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast  

This episode is full of wonderful analogies and deep reflections on integrity. It sometimes seems that people can get further in life without integrity, but what does it really mean to be successful in life without good character? How does someone really succeed, even if they win “the game,” without living with soul!?

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