This is the continuous development of an inner disposition and aspiration for excellence in service to something greater than oneself that exhibits itself through purposeful, principled and disciplined dedication to outward actions that embody the highest ideals expressed in the Navy ethic and core values.
In the above-referenced memo, the author, Admiral K. H. Donald, talks about importance of integrity, specifically within the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program (NNPP). He suggests that concepts of integrity should be used as a tool for the personal development of Officers and Sailors. The author refers to an article titled, Why We Lie, by Professor Dan Ariely, Duke University, in which he concludes that "everybody has the capacity to cheat." The author states the importance of maintaining a command environment that perpetuates high standards of integrity, where "honest people behave honestly."
The author next enumerates several actions leaders can take to promote the practice of high integrity standards, which are briefly summarized here:
The author concludes the memo with the view that the practice of maintaining high standards of integrity is something that is never fully achieved, given the ever-changing workforce. He emphasizes the importance of integrity to the mission of Naval Reactors and safe reactor operations.
ADM Donald, K. H., "The Leadership Challenge of Fostering a Culture of Integrity," Memo, 8 June 2012. Accessed 14 June 2018.