The Six Pillars of Character are the core ethical values of CHARACTER COUNTS! These values were identified by a nonpartisan, secular group in 1992 as core ethical values that transcend cultural, religious, and socioeconomic differences.
The Six Pillars of Character are trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
- Be honest in communications and actions.
- Don’t deceive, cheat or steal.
- Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do.
- Have the courage to do the right thing.
- Build a good reputation.
- Be loyal to your values.
- Keep your promises.
- Treat others with respect and follow the Golden Rule.
- Be accepting 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.
- Do what you are supposed to do.
- Plan ahead.
- Be diligent.
- Do your best.
- Use self-control.
- Be self-disciplined.
- Think before you act.
- Be accountable for your words, actions and attitudes.
- Set a good example for others.
- Choose a positive attitude.
- Make healthy choices.
- Play by the rules.
- Take turns and share.
- Be open-minded; listen to others.
- Don’t take advantage of others.
- Don’t blame others carelessly.
- Treat all people fairly.
- Be kind.
- Be compassionate and show you care.
- Show empathy.
- Express gratitude.
- Forgive others and show mercy.
- Help people in need.
- Be charitable and altruistic.
- Do your share to make your home, school, community, and world better.
- Get involved in community affairs.
- Stay informed; vote.
- Be a good neighbor.
- Make choices that protect the safety and rights of others.
- Protect the environment.