The Value of Honesty

Honesty is a virtue that is key for all of us as individuals and as part of our community. In its broadest interpretation being honest means that we are trustworthy and that we will do our best to do what we say we will do.

An honest person is one that is truthful and unbiased, unfortunately these two components of our persona are some of the least seen in our world today. Disinformation is rampant, twisted meanings and purposes are employed to bring people into our camp, to think like we do, and to obtain our desires.

Being honest is something that we can’t place a value to, and is something that we need to strive to have and practice every day, improve every day. This means that we always tell the truth, regardless of how hard it may be to accept sometimes, this is exemplified by the story we tell about our first president, something that we know is not true, but illustrates how much we value truth and how elusive it really can be.

Honesty is not a single thing, it is made up of:

  • Uprightness.

  • Honorableness.

  • Honor.

  • Integrity.

  • Morals.

  • Ethics.

  • High principles.

  • Righteousness.

  • Rectitude.

  • Worthiness.

  • Incorruptibility.

  • Truthfulness.

  • Reliability

  • Openness.

  • Straightforwardness.

  • Genuineness.

Honesty applies to our business as well, when we strive to pursue all the values that are part of honesty in our business and make them part of our professional attitude we will reap untold benefits. Honesty attracts honesty, what could be better than that?

In a perfect world everything will always work perfectly according to our plans, unfortunately, we are not perfect, and neither is the world nor the plans we make. When things go south the worst thing we can possibly do is to try to hide it and put it away from our minds, a very human reaction, but one which is not honest and a waste. A waste because we lose the wisdom we could gain by analyzing what happened and how we could improve our plans and designs for the next time or project. An honest person would admit that the project failed and that we are analyzing it to learn from it. A non-reported failure always comes up one way or another, and when it does we are seen as dishonest.

When we don’t know the answer to a question and we say that we are going to find out and report our findings we need to make sure that we do so, and if finding the answer is taking longer than we anticipated make sure to reach out and report the fact. Admitting that we do not know the answer is viewed as being honest. Do offer to report on the findings and follow up, your image as an honest person will grow in your client’s opinion of you and your company.

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