Trustworthiness is a great thing to aspire to and the various trust models that exist provide a good framework for considering the building blocks of trust.
It’s our view, though, that being trustworthy is about much more than just following a model like a check-list. These models are very helpful, but just doing some of the things in them isn’t enough.
Trustworthiness is a way of being more than it is a way of doing things. Trustworthy people have a set of internal values, beliefs, morals or philosophies that result in trustworthiness. To really become trustworthy, individuals need to address these underlying factors and develop a way being of which trust is a by-product.
In other words, aiming for trust isn’t enough on its own. To use one of our favorite analogies, trust is the bit of the iceberg that is visible. To really become trustworthy, you need to develop the bit under the water as well.
See our posts on psychological change or personality and character ethics for more information.