The Six Pillars of Character. Trustworthiness Respect Responsibility Fairness Caring Citizenship. TRUSTWORTHINESS!. What does it mean to be “Trustworthy”? What characteristics does a trustworthy person posses? Personal assessment Practical application.
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What does it mean to be “Trustworthy”?
What characteristics does a trustworthy person posses?
Do you tell the truth, even when it may cost you?
Are you sincere, not deceptive, tricky or sneaky?
Are you candid and forthright, volunteering information others may need/want to know?
Do you honor others property?
Respect is to have and demonstrate “worth” in all individuals as well as oneself.
To have and demonstrate Respect is an ethical “duty” of all human beings
Respect is not admiring someone because of status or relationship
Respect is treating all people with worth and a sincere
“attachment” to fellow human beings
HONOR the INDIVIDUAL
HONOR Reasonable Standards & Customs
LIVING by the “Golden Rule”
ACCEPTANCE of Differences
RESPECT AUTONOMY of Others
AVOID Violent Actions in Words and Deeds
The Golden Rule is seen in various forms in every world religion and is a fundamental ethical truth.
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.
Rule of Universality: You must ask yourself, if everyone did “it”, would it be a “good thing”?
Ask yourself how often you demonstrate these qualities?
I treat others the way I wish to be treated.
I respect the privacy of others (including kids).
I respect autonomy and let others make decisions about their own lives.
I am courteous and polite; not yelling, insulting or embarrassing others. I use please and thank you.
I demonstrate acceptance and tolerance of racial, ethnic, religious difference and ability levels
Respect the dignity, privacy and freedom of other people with courtesy and with acceptance and tolerance of differences.
“Sir, I will treat you as a gentleman, not because you are one, but because I am one”-Thomas Jefferson
Adapted from Josephson Institute of Ethics. CHARACTER COUNTS! In Iowa is a project of the Institute of Character Development at Drake University. www.CharacterCountsInIowa.org.
It requires us to recognize that what we do and what we don’t do matters and that we are morally responsible for the consequences of our choices.
“Too many people are ready to carry the stool when the piano needs to be moved.”
Choosing not to choose IS a choice
Some of our choices are conscious, some are not
We choose whether to be conscious and concerned about the consequences of what we say and do, including the choice to be willfully blind
Plan and Set Goals
Choose Positive Attitudes
Do Your Duty
Set a Good Example
Be Morally Autonomous
Do you assume your professional duty, what you really should do?
Are you standing up and being accountable for what you do and what you don’t do?
Are you really doing your best, pursuing excellence in all you do?
Do you demonstrate self-control of your temper, desires, and passions?
Do you demonstrate self-discipline by doing what you should do even when it is difficult or unpleasant?
Caring is a cornerstone of ethical behavior
What does if mean to be a “Caring” Person
Show you care
Help people in need
DON’T: Be mean, cruel or insensitive
“I expect to pass through the world but once. Any good therefore I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again.”– Stephen Grellet, French Quaker missionary (1773-1855)
Citizenship is the duties, rights and conduct and responsibilities of the citizen of a state.
Be a good Neighbor
Be a good Neighbor
Care about and pursue the common good.
Be a volunteer
Protect the environment
Play by the rules
Respect authority and law
Participate in making things better by voicing your opinion
1. Scrupulously follow organization rules.
2. Playing by the rules (no cheating, shortcuts)
3. Obeying the law/ Respecting authority
4. Paying your taxes (whatever is lawfully owed)
5. Performing civic duties (voting or jury duty)
6. Doing volunteer community work
7. Conserving our resources and protecting the environment.
“ One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty. I submit that an individual who breaks a law that his conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is really expressing the highest respect for the law.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Letter from a Birmingham jail, 1963
What are you doing now?
What can you do to practice better citizenship?
In your professional/personal contact with other people, think about what you do to teach or demonstrate the traits associated with citizenship.