The Top 10 Reasons To Be Trustworthy

“Be Trustworthy: Act with integrity and always keep your word.” Sounds fairly straightforward, doesn’t it? And to many of us, this is our default position already; being trustworthy is a matter of pride. But we can all probably think of a person right now who could use a couple of reasons to behave in a more honorable manner, huh? For that shifty schemer in everyone’s life, our friend Barbara Kimmel came up with this terrific list of ten reasons to be trustworthy, and ten reasons it’s not a good idea to break trust, too.

What do we mean by being trustworthy? Let’s use this very simple definition. Act with integrity and always keep your word.

First, let’s talk about the inherent risks of being untrustworthy:

It takes more time and psychological energy than its trustworthy counterpart and results in:

  • High stress
  • Low energy
  • Frequent job loss
  • Meaningless relationships
  • Low levels of creativity
  • High levels of suspicion among friends, family and coworkers
  • High barriers to communication due to lack of honesty and broken promises
  • Poor and slow decision making
  • High transaction costs
  • Win/lose situations

On the flip side, here are ten great reasons to be trustworthy:

  • Psychological well-being
  • Meaningful friendships and business relationships
  • Faster, more efficient decision making
  • Greater personal effectiveness in groups
  • Greater support for your decisions
  • Career promotions
  • Win/win opportunities
  • Role modeling trustworthy behavior
  • More time for creativity and relaxation
  • More money in your pocket (people want to do business with those they trust)

Be trustworthy. The benefits are far greater than the alternative. What do you think? Leave a comment.

 

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on Trust Across America, and has been republished with permission.

 

Barbara Brooks Kimmel is Executive Director of Trust Across America –Trust Around the World and editor of the Nautilus Award winning book, Trust Inc. Strategies for Building Your Company’s Most Valuable Asset (2013) and Trust Inc., A Guide for Boards and C-Suites (2014). In 2012 Barbara was named one of “25 Women who are Changing the World” by Good Business International. Barbara graduated from Lafayette College and was awarded an MBA from Bernard M. Baruch Graduate School of Business. For more information, please contact: mailto: Barbara@trustacrossamerica.com

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