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Integrity / Honesty

Definition:  Instills mutual trust and confidence.  Creates a culture that fosters high standards of ethics.  Behaves in a fair and ethical manner toward others and demonstrates a sense of corporate responsibility and commitment to public service.

Ideas for Developing this Competency: 

  • At a staff meeting analyze what your organization is doing and discuss other opportunities to ensure and maintain a reputation of honesty and integrity on the part of BLM employees in their relationships with one another and in upholding the public trust.
  • Implement in your daily thinking and behavior Steven Covey's concept of the "emotional bank account." (This is a metaphor Covey uses to describe the amount of trust built up in a relationship. It is the feeling of safeness you have with another human being. If you make deposits into an emotional bank account with another person through courtesy, kindness, honesty, and keeping your commitments, you build up a reserve. The trust level becomes higher as you make more deposits.)
     
  • Conduct a survey with family members, peers, and fellow employees to learn what trust means to them, what makes them lose trust in others, and how they regain trust when it has been jeopardized or lost.
     
  • Question your work decisions. Determine if they reflect your values and the values of the organization.
     
  • When in conflict, explore alternatives.
     
  • Read Ethics for Bureaucrats by John Rohr or Lying by Sissela Bok.

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