Ideas for Your Own Personal Code of Conduct

by Contributing Writer

Creating a personal code of conduct requires establishing a set of rules that will guide your behavior in any situation. The code of conduct you establish for yourself will be yours alone, although elements of the code will be shared by others. The standards you set for yourself should be realistic and flexible.

Be a Good Listener

Have being a good listener as part of your personal code of conduct. Individuals are too often caught up waiting to say what they want to say instead of listening to what the other person has to say. Listen before you speak. Allowing all parties in a conversation to fully express their thoughts will give you a chance of responding with an intelligent statement.

Honesty

Add honesty to your personal code of conduct. When you are honest, others are more likely to rely on you in important situations and share more personal information about themselves, thus creating genuine friendships. Being honest will also help you create a sense of peace in your life because you won’t have the stress and worry of maintaining a lie.

Courtesy

Courtesy is a trait that will be reciprocated. Add being courteous to you list of ideas for a personal code of conduct. You will find that if your conduct is one that is courteous, others will be more inclined to treat you the same way. The same can be said for being rude.

Respect Yourself

Respect is defined as understanding the worth or excellence of a person. Your personal conduct should reflect that you understand your own worth. Avoid engaging in behaviors that are self-destructive. Don’t be afraid to decline invitations to engage in bad behavior. Respect yourself and strive to participate only in activities that exemplify your value to others, know your value and act accordingly.

Humility

Being humble is a simple thing to do that will affect the people around you in a positive way. It’s as simple as saying “thank you" when something has been done for you or when you are given a compliment. Your “thank you” validates someone’s actions and shows your appreciation. When you accept something in a humble manner, it highlights your best qualities far more than boasting and bragging about yourself will ever do.

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