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Employees Value An Honest Manager

Updated: Oct 14, 2020

A researcher from Santa Clara University in California conducted a study of 1,500 business managers that revealed what workers value most in a supervisor. Above all else, workers wanted a manager whose word was good, who is honest, and trustworthy. Employees also said they respected a leader with competence, able to inspire workers, and skilled in providing direction.


Follow your conscience. Our conscience, as defined in 1974 The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is the consciousness of the moral right and wrong of one’s own acts or motives. When you do acts that are morally wrong, your conscience is burdened with guilt and remorse. Many times sleep is lost, your thoughts are muddied, and your focus is displaced. Obviously, these detract you from your true desires.

When you remain morally right, you build trust, honesty, and integrity in those around you.

Every manager must have these traits to be successful. As our conscience drives us towards a higher level of morality, we continue to experience more personal freedom, power, security, and wisdom. Higher echelons of conscience (morality) require learning, commitment, and acting along the way.


You show integrity by being loyal to those who are not present. Defending the absent retains the trust of those present.

People who intentionally and repeatedly abuse trust must be removed from the organization because you must be able to trust all of your people all of the time.

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Proverbs 10:9 - - The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.

Proverbs 11:3 - - The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.

Proverbs 13:6 - - Righteousness guards the man of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.

Psalm 15 – Truth is at the heart of every word and deed of a godly person.

Philippians 4:8 – 9: 8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about those things. 9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Ephesians 5:5 - - For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person – such a man is an idolater – has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

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