Being honest does not mean you have to tell someone straight out that you would not be seen dead wearing that jacket, but it does mean you need to be honest in your day and how you present yourself at work (and in life), and that includes the content of your CV/ social media. It is nice to have some good stories to share about past experiences, but we live in a world that is getting ever smaller, and whilst the glory of the story is fun, the weight of the fall when you get caught out can cost you your career path. Here are a few other examples:-
- Speak your truth – if someone asks your opinion, respectfully share your thoughts - you will need to use wisdom in how you speak and how much you choose to share, especially if it is not what you feel the other party wants to hear – but it could be important in their decision making. Make sure feedback is constructive and you share the good points first, appreciating their line of thought.
- Do not make promises you cannot keep – a broken promise may be interpreted as a lie. This creates an appearance of dishonesty and mistrust. By being seen as a person true to your word you become seen as an individual with integrity and become respected – this is good for your career as you will earn a reputation for your honesty. It is also good for staff management as you will be looked upon as a sound leader .
- Do the work you love – if you are not in a job you want to do – consider your career options and path carefully. You need to be honest with yourself as well as with others.
Do remember, Honesty is not about revealing everything about yourself, so do use your judgement wisely, it is about being true to yourself and your being. Daily practice of honesty is important. You will need to check yourself – ask yourself, am I being honest and true, persevere with the goal to be honest in your work and all that you do. Do not give up when you are faced with challenges. The challenges will help you grow and be stronger in your ability to be honest, making you a more credible person with wise experience.
Next time we explore the importance of compassion…..