Common themes in lists of characteristics

Which characteristics comprise good character? The list of positive characteristics varies, depending on the source. However, many lists of characteristics agree on certain core values. These are the characteristics we can list that appeal to the broadest range of organizations, religions, and cultures. See these characteristic lists:


Characteristics lists

Common core values compiled from several lists of characteristics:

Honesty
Respect
Responsibility
Fairness
Compassion/forgiveness
Citizenship



Character Counts!* list of characteristics, or Six Pillars of Character*:

Trustworthiness (includes honesty)
Respect
Responsibility
Fairness
Caring (includes compassion and forgiveness)
Citizenship



Character Education Partnership, list of characteristics that are core values in society

Respect
Responsibility
Perseverance
Honesty
Fortitude
Fairness
Compassion



US Department of Education, list of characteristics to be a responsible citizen:

Compassion
Honesty and fairness
Good judgment
Respect for others
Self-respect
Courage
Responsibility
Citizenship and patriotism

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