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Making Ethical Decisions: Core Ethical Values

Learn how six key ethical values can help you build character in yourself and others.


Do what you say you'll do.

A person who is trustworthy exhibits the following behaviors:
  • Acts with integrity
  • Is honest and does not deceive
  • Keeps his/ her promises
  • Is consistent
  • Is loyal to those that are not present
  • Is reliable
  • Is credible
  • Has a good reputation


Treat others better than they treat you.

A person who is respectful exhibits the following behaviors:
  • Is open and tolerant of differences
  • Is considerate and courteous
  • Deals peacefully with anger, disagreements, and/or insults
  • Uses good manners
  • Treats others the way they want to be treated


Do what you are supposed to do.

A person who is responsible exhibits the following behaviors:
  • Acts with self-discipline
  • Thinks before acting
  • Understands that actions create certain consequences
  • Is consistent
  • Is accountable for actions


Play by the rules.

A person who is fair exhibits the following behaviors:
  • Is open-minded and listens to others
  • Takes turns and shares
  • Does not lay the blame on others needlessly
  • Is equitable and impartial


Show you care.

A person who is caring exhibits the following behaviors:
  • Expresses gratitude to others
  • Forgives others
  • Helps people in need
  • Is compassionate


Do your share.

A person who is a good citizen exhibits the following behaviors:
  • Cooperates
  • Shares information
  • Stays informed
  • Is a good neighbor
  • Protects the environment
  • Obeys the law
  • Exhibits civic duty
  • Seeks the common good for the most people