The Six Pillars Of Character

Trustworthiness = Be honest * Don't deceive,cheat or steal * Be reliable - do what you say you'll do * Have the courage to do the right thing * Be loyal - stand by your family, friends and country

Respect =Treat others with; follow the Golden Rule * Be tolerant of differences * Use good manners, not bad language * Be considerate of the feelings of others * Don't threaten, hit or hurt anyone * Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements

Responsibility = Do what you are supposed to do * Persevere : keep on trying! * Always do your best * Use self-control * Be self-disciplined * Think before you act - consider the consequences * Be accountable for your choices

Fairness = Play by the rules * Take turns and share * Be openmined; listen to others * Don't take advantage of others * Don't blame others carelessly

Caring = Be kind * Be compassionate and show care * Express gratitude * Forgive others * Help people in need

Citizenship = Do your share to make your school and community better * Cooperate * Stay informed; vote * Be a good neighbor * Obey laws and rules * Respect authority * Protect the environment

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DOING THE RIGHT THING
Making Ethical Choices Based on the Six Pillars of Character


1. Have I thought about the way my choices are likely to help or hurt others (the stakeholders)

2. Am I living up to the ethical principles of the "Six Pillars of Character" by being trustworthy, respectful, responsible, fair, caring, and a good citizen --- even if I have to give up other thing I want?

3. If I cannot find a way to live up to one of the Six Pillars principles without violating another, am I making the choice I think will be best for society in the long run?

2001 Josephson Institute

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