Conceptual perspectives on integrity in public service

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  • SDG 16
  • Abstract:

    Meeting public service ideals have to be supported by high levels of integrity. While legislative, institutional and administrative measures exist, it is the view of the author that having a keen grasp and understanding of the conceptual (tools of thought) foundations of integrity will enhance the implementation of these measures. The various notions, meanings and definitions of integrity suggest that it is a self-reflecting, continuous learning and anticipatory process. It is a condition embedded in the disposition to achieving intrinsic worth as a means and as an end, pursued with an ethical and moral compass as well as authentically, courageously and credibly. The outcome is the unswerving and dedicated performance of duty in conformity with the prevailing measures and consistent with espoused, interwoven, integrity-related values such as: trust, honesty, commitment, loyalty, responsibility, humility and wisdom.