If Honesty is your top strength, you are a straightforward person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a "real" person.

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Virtue Category

Honesty falls under the virtue category of Courage. Courage describes strengths that deal with overcoming fear. These strengths can manifest themselves inwardly or outwardly as they are composed of cognitions, emotions, motivations and decisions.

Key Concepts

This strength involves accurately representing your internal states, intentions, and commitments, both publicly and privately. The strength of honesty is often linked to self-concordance- the extent to which your goals accurately represent your implicit interests and values. Honesty allows people to take responsibility for their feelings and behaviors, owning them, and reaping benefits by doing so.

"I Want to Be Myself"

Honesty In Action

Honesty Motto

Tell people the truth, (almost) all the time.

Exercises for Boosting Honesty

  • The next time you are asked for advice, give constructive, direct and authentic feedback.
  • Honor your commitments in all of your relationships. If you agree to do something or schedule a time to meet with someone, be reliable and follow through.

Examples of Honesty


  • Win Win
  • Dead Poets Society
  • The Legend of Bagger Vance
  • Ben-Hur
  • A Separation
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  • Honesty - Billy Joel
  • Tell It Like It Is - Aaron Neville
  • Get Real - Kelly Willis
  • I'm Still Standing - Elton John
  • Don't Lie - Black Eyed Peas *language
  • Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons *language
  • The Burden of Freedom - Kris Kristofferson

Where Does Honesty Fall In Your Strengths Profile?

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