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The Six Disciplines Blog

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Two Most Underdeveloped Skills: Openness and Honesty

We often read about the growing importance of “soft skills” in the career development of employees, at every level. In an agile work environment, people need to be aware of the need to develop soft skills and balance them with their professional strengths.

The Six Disciplines Leadership Development Program starts with self-leadership, focusing on skills like opennesshonesty, and emotional intelligence – before we concentrate on advanced best-practices like strategic thinking or change management.

From our perspective, two of the most underdeveloped skills are openness and honesty

Let’s consider their formal definitions:

Openness: an overarching concept or philosophy that is characterized by an emphasis on transparency and free, unrestricted access to knowledge and information, as well as collaborative or cooperative management and decision-making rather than a central authority.

Honesty: refers to a facet of moral character and connotes positive and virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness, straightforwardness, including straightforwardness of conduct, along with the absence of lying, cheating, theft, etc. Honesty also involves being trustworthy, loyal, fair, and sincere.

Watch this short video for more insight into these two underdeveloped skills, and how the Six Disciplines Leadership Development Program can help develop soft skills in YOUR organization.

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Since 2005, the Six Disciplines blog offers posts about performance excellence, strategy execution, business coaching, leadership development, innovation, and business process improvement. This blog has received prestigious awards for leadership and management and has been syndicated by several major media sources.