5 Qualities of Honest Individuals

Honesty is a valuable trait in a world full of false promises. Today, we’re exploring five qualities of honest individuals. Don’t like it? Too bad.

1. They’re Not Concerned About Popularity Contests.

Honest people don’t obsess over what peers think of them. They simply are who they are, and other people can take it or leave it.

2. They Stand Up for Their Beliefs.

Honest individuals don’t go looking for fights, but they also aren’t afraid to speak their mind. Honest people will state their opinions even when their beliefs are against the majority. While this may irk managers concerned with bureaucracy, most people will respect honesty and be impressed with those willing to stand out against the hive mind.

3. They Are Thick Skinned.

Honesty requires thick skin. Not all people love hearing the truth, and when you dish out a fresh dose of reality, some might be inclined to toss it right back in your face (plus a little venom). Honest individuals may fall victim to the insecure defensiveness of others, requiring them to be thick skinned.

4. They Have Close Friendships.

Individuals who are honest often have rich, meaningful friendships. Others know that their honest friend won’t complain about them behind their back, and will instead face any issues head on. This level of trust allows for deeper, healthier relationships.

5. They Are Trusted by Peers.

Peers will seek the aid of honest individuals, knowing they can count on them for true, objective advice. Many others will lie and tell you the story you want to hear. They do this to avoid any injured feelings, but there are many times with the difficult truth is what individuals really need to hear. Others trust honest individuals to tell them how it really is, without sugar coating the truth.

Am I missing any other qualities of good ol’ honest folk? Share what I may have left out in the comments.

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About The Author

Larry Kim is the CEO of Mobile Monkey and founder of WordStream. You can connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.