Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Honesty, Integrity And Communication: are the foundations of trust
To be honest is to be real, genuine, authentic, and bona fide. To be dishonest is to be partly feigned, forged, fake, or fictitious. Honesty expresses both self-respect and respect for others. Dishonesty fully respects neither oneself nor others. Honesty imbues lives with openness, reliability, and candor; it expresses a disposition to live in the light. Dishonesty seeks shade, cover, or concealment. It is a disposition to live partly in the dark. In other words, honesty and integrity are key ingredients in developing trust. Trust is a key element in establishing credibility. The credibility is at the center of the ability to influence others and provide strong leadership. In leadership development work one often ask participants to list the qualities of the most effective leaders they have experienced in their family, school, community, social, or organizational lives. Words like sincere, truthful, trustworthy, reliable, principled, and genuine are usually on the list. These characteristics are the hallmarks of strong leaders.