Testing your integrity

by Viv on August 21, 2007

Integrity is a key attribute of a professional e.g. ICAEW values, Solicitors Regulation Authority code of conduct.

Typically integrity is seen as a subjective quality; hard to define. As society becomes more litigious and regulators feel the need to demonstrate compliance more robustly, it is probably only a matter of time before a compliance department suggests routine integrity tests for staff in professional firms. The obvious candidate for this would be the Giotto test.

There has probably already been enought written about the proper usage and limitations of this type of test so I won’t add to this. However I believe intoduction of this test would be a hugely retrograde step. Part of the appeal of becoming a professional is so you can actually exercise judgement about people and evidence, this test cuts across this.

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