Virtues, Values, and Duties


The Six Pillars of Character

[The Josephson Institute of Ethics has gathered the basic ethical values into a useful structure it calls "The Six Pillars of Character" The structure is largely duplicated here, with some additions]

1. TRUSTWORTHINESS, including:

•    Honesty in communication
•    Candor
•    Truth-telling
•    Reliability
•    Sincerity
•    Honesty in Conduct
•    Integrity
•    Loyalty

2. RESPECT, including:

•    Civility
•    Courtesy
•    Decency
•    Dignity
•    Tolerance
•    Acceptance
•    Autonomy

3. RESPONSIBILITY, including:

•    Diligence
•    Pursuit of Excellence
•    Competence
•    Accountability
•    Perseverance
•    Self-restraint
•    Prudence

4. FAIRNESS, including:

•    Openness
•    Process
•    Impartiality
•    Proportionality
•    Consistency
•    Equity

5. CARING, including:

•    Charity
•    Benevolence
•    Consideration
•    Empathy
•    Generosity

6. CITIZENSHIP

•    Loyalty
•    Patriotism
•    Civic literacy
•    Participation
•    Honorable representation

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The Seven Enabling Virtues

[The following additional virtues are critical in pursuing ethical conduct]

1.    COURAGE
2.    FORTITUDE
3.    VALOR
4.    SACRIFICE
5.    HONOR
6.    HUMILITY
7.    FORGIVENESS

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The Ethical Obligations of Trust (Fiduciary Duties)

•    The Duty of Competence

•    The Duty of Diligence

•    The Duty of Loyalty

•    The Duty to Maintain Independent Judgment

•    The Duty of Candor and Communication

•    The Duty of Confidentiality

•    The Duty of Honesty