List of character traits

The character traits that comprise "good character" or "strong character" vary, depending on the source list. However, character traits lists tend to include a core set of character traits that come from the core values most organizations, religions, and cultures can agree upon.


Character education programs teach from a list of character traits that are built on non-controversial core values.


Talking with Trees' list of character traits for character education

Common core values extracted from several lists of character traits:
Honesty
Respect
Responsibility
Fairness
Compassion/forgiveness

Character Counts!* list of character traits, or Six Pillars of Character*:

Trustworthiness (includes honesty)
Respect
Responsibility
Fairness
Caring (includes compassion and forgiveness)
Citizenship
Character Counts Pillars of Character



Character Education Partnership character traits list

Respect
Responsibility
Perseverance
Honesty
Fortitude
Fairness
Compassion
More on Character Education Partnership.



US Department of Education, list of character traits necessary to be a responsible citizen:

Compassion
Honesty and fairness
Good judgment
Respect for others
Self-respect
Courage
Responsibility
Citizenship and patriotism
More from US Dept of Education

Core values from US Constitutional Democracy

These are the core values the Founding Fathers looked to as they structured the US Democracy. These core values are what American society was built on. We derive many of our lists of positive character traits from this foundation of core values.

Life
Liberty
The pursuit of happiness (includes respecting other's rights to pursue happiness in their own way)
Common good (includes acceptance of responsibility for the welfare of the community)
Justice (includes fairness)
Equality (includes fairness)
Diversity
Truth (includes honesty in all its aspects)
Popular sovereignty
Patriotism

Thanks to PBS for information on these core values.

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