It is a mistake to assume that everyone on your team would define honesty and integrity in the same way. That's why you need to talk about it with your team: an open discussion where team members can contribute ideas for, and share their opinions on, a collective set of values for your team. By doing this you can develop standards of honesty and integrity that everyone can abide by.
This means, of course, that you need to set the example and operate by these standards at all times. Encourage all team members to hold each other mutually accountable for operating by these shared values. If they see anyone, including you, failing to meet the agreed standards of honesty and integrity it is up to them to reinforce the standards and remind the individual of her or his responsibility to the rest of the team and to the organisation.
To recap, here are the steps you can take to develop a set of shared values of honesty and integrity in your team:
- Take time out to reflect on what you believe is right and wrong; what are your own personal standards of honesty and integrity?
- Ask the team what they believe is right and wrong behaviour:
a. What is an honest day's work?
b. What is honest communication?
c. What is an honest product or service?
- If the team does not come up with something that is important to you, share your beliefs with the team and ask for feedback.
- Agree on a set of behavioural guidelines for operating with honesty and integrity that you can all abide by.