Integrity means being complete, consistent, and whole. Citizens can exhibit integrity by being true to their word, following through on their promises, working for justice, taking initiative, showing respect, taking responsibility for bad decisions, and practicing other civic values. Refusing to compromise ones values can also be a sign of integrity.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower asserted, “The supreme quality of leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.”
The Founding documents—including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights—have integrity in their common commitment to principles such as natural rights, liberty, and justice.