Honesty is a key ingredient in developing trust. Trust is a key element in establishing credibility. Our credibility is at the centre of our ability to influence others and provide strong leadership.
To be honest is to be real, genuine bona fide and authentic. Honesty gives our business dealing openness, reliability and imparts our values to others.
It is important to work on our honesty to establish credibility in our relationships with others. To do this we must become more transparent.
Organizations are essentially a collection of relationships and honesty is one of the most obvious and neglected to improving relationships and self awareness.
In the workplace when people choose to be more honest with others the morale and productivity of the whole team improves in the process. Telling the truth is probably the single most cost effective and single way to productivity and employee satisfaction.
Being dishonest is generally the result of an individual fearing the consequences of telling the truth. Individuals are not up front when they are afraid.
Establishing ground rules in work place situations and being prepared to listen to reasons as to why something was said, not said or done encourages staff to be honest. Honest explanations will then be more forthcoming as to why a certain deadline was not met.
Developing a written code of business ethics is most helpful when working to develop honesty.
Such a code will guide all decision making and actions. An individual‟s reputation and track record for ethical behaviors and integrity are vital for establishing the trust that is the basis for all successful relationships that are held including those with customers, employees and the community.
The old adage of honesty being the best policy is most certainly true in all workplace situations. It allows for a more positive work environment and will help to retain customers and gain others.