Are you trustworthy? Are you someone that others can place their trust in and have confidence that their trust in you will not be betrayed? While most people may consider themselves trustworthy, others may have a different opinion. Trust or the lack of trust can have a large impact on many aspects of your life and business such as personal and business reputation, relationships, team effectiveness, customer loyalty, financial support and so on.

To get a sense of how trustworthy you are, rate yourself from 1 to 10 on the following 10 characteristics. Take your time and be honest. If you are brave, try asking your clients, co-workers or even employees to make the same evaluation to see what kind of trustworthy gap exists. Then take the results and make resolutions to improve this coming year. Calculate your Trustworthy Score as follows: Rate yourself from 1 to 10 on each of the following characteristics, then add up your points and divide by 10 to assess your trustworthy score.

1) Accountable – willing to recognize and accept responsibility and take ownership for problematic situations

2) Authentic – genuine, original, not fake. Portrays a truthful personality and impression.

3) Consistent -even on a bad day, you display consistent, positive behavior in your actions and your words

4) Dependable – reliable, do what you say you are going to do in a timely fashion

5) Ethical – supports laws, rules, terms, regulations and the truth no matter the consequence

6) Have Integrity – honest, straightforward and tells the truth

7) Loyal – strong support and allegiance to clients, friends, co-workers

8) Relationship Oriented – prioritizes and values personal and business connections

9) Resourceful – considered by others to be helpful, supportive and in the know

10) Responsive – react and respond quickly in a positive and productive manner


Byline: Gary C. Laney

CEO - Trustegrity