Assets | Honesty
Being open, trustworthy and truthful in a sincere and straightforward way.
When we employ honesty in our communication with others and when we deal truthfully with the evidence that lies before us, we build social trust and gain a clearer picture of both the challenges we face and the range of possible actions that could result in positive change in our communities.
Gain clarity on issues that might be hard for us to consider or hear
Say what needs to be said by communicating with empathy, civility and courage
Seeks to understand others' perspectives and be willing to admit when we are wrong
Honesty helps to surface the values that are important to students, educators and parents — values which in turn inform the process of moral and ethical decision-making. Yet honesty is complicated. The way we practice honesty, in combination with our other character assets, will depend on the specific situation in which we are communicating with others. When paired with humility — another Moral asset to which honesty is closely related — honesty seeks to understand others’ perspectives and be humble enough to admit when we are wrong.
A strong sense of empathy, well-informed by inclusivity and perspective taking, can help us understand which words might best communicate respect — with civility — while not holding back and courageously saying what needs to be said. This foundation of honesty, combined with character assets like humility, inclusivity, perspective-taking, empathy, civility, and courage, allows us to leverage the diversity of our learning communities towards equitable change.
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The h-factor – honesty-humility in the HEXACO six-factor model of personality
By: Psychology Today
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