Honesty is a good quality to lead a student organization. A lot of students vote for a campaign candidate who is loyal and honest as the best one to lead a student organization. As far as I am concerned, being honest is essential in running a students union; however there are other factors that draw the same attention.
Admittedly, telling the truth when dealing with student affairs is helpful for colleagues to improve. In order to fully support other workmate, directly telling them where the problem is and how to correct it are useful. For example, when a colleague who is new to the Office of Student Affairs, makes a mistake in correctly registering student’ names, plainly pointing out his mistake is necessary. In addition to this, it would be also appropriate to tell him that student’handwritings are normally scratchy, and there would be more typos if he has not paid enough attention to them. In a word, being honest to his mistake would not discourage his working enterprise, but encourage him to work with more cautions. However, on balance, for a leader to manage the team well, being honest is not enough for the absolutely honest to others would hurt their feelings. To avoid this, we have to consider other factors as a leader of a student organization.
To begin with, admitting to personal mistakes is a crucial characteristics for a leader, which sets foundation for self-improvement. If one is unable to acknowledge where he has failed, he will never be able to begin the process of working on the areas of weakness. In order to be a strong leader, one has to make mistakes, and confront them with a desire to do better in the future. This has more to do with improving your competence as a leader, rather than how people perceive you. A leader will constantly be faced with tough decisions. Every leader thus has to take risks, but a good leader takes calculated risks. The only way to get better at this decision-making process is to make mistakes and learn from them. Also, if you are willing to make your mistakes public, the voters and colleagues may be willing to trust you to take bigger risks in the future.
In addition, how to cooperate with other teammates is also worth noticing. In other words, team cooperation is able to improve the efficiency when encountering difficulties. According to a survey conducted by Gallup, after polling hundreds of student leaders from universities in California, a significant percentage of them regard that being cooperative in dealing with problems could get everybody involved when making decisions. During the discussion, suggestions from different members would make the problems comprehensively considered, and hence minimizing the chance to ignoring certain aspects. Meanwhile, letting everyone have an opportunity to express his opinion makes them feel a part of the team, which is essential to build team spirit.
To sum up, there is no denying that honesty could help a student leader to run the organization. However, to consider it as the most important one is too absolute, and there are other factors, such as admitting to errors and teamwork, that are indispensable for a leader to take consideration.
We can never over emphasis the importance of friends who help us get through hard time and keep us company in daily life. Though it is commonly believed that honesty and mutual trust are essential ingredients for people to maintain friendship in the long run, people usually have justified excuses to lie or encounter various situations under which they have to hide the truth. In fact, to be absolutely honest with friends is impossible.
To begin with, people sometimes tell white lies, in order to protect friends’ feelings and interests. Under certain circumstances, the so-called truth does no good to friends but bring many troubles. At this moment, although friends may appreciate our honesty, they still feel hurt and choose to keep distance with us, as our appearance will remind them the unhappy situation. Gradually, friends become estranged and feel difficult to patch up the relationship. Therefore, to avoid unnecessary frictions, people need white lies. For example, it is unwise to tell a female friend that she has gained weight and does not fit the new dress, if she comes to show her new look happily. The candid comments will severely discourage her confidence or even irritate her if she is sensitive on her appearance. On the contrary, white lies can help her keep positive and if necessary we could advise her to do more exercises to keep fit.
Secondly, people sometimes hide privacy with friends to avoid embarrassment and give themselves an opportunity to forget the past and have a new beginning. Inevitably, people encounter something unpleasant or even disgraceful, such as discomfiture and defeat. When asked by friends about those experiences, people either refuse to answer or make up another story. Furthermore, for some people who have suffered too much, they even move to a new place to start a new life and make new friends. In a new environment that no one knows him or her, the fake but well-meaning introduction of one’s background is therefore acceptable. Take a criminal who gets released from the prison as an example. With no offense, he usually chooses to hide the unmentionable experience behind bars to new friends met in gym in a new city that he tries to settle down.
To sum up, there is almost no unconditional honesty between friends. On the opposite, people need white lies to be in rapport with friends in the long term. Also, there are justified reasons for people to hide truth so as to avoid troubles.
1. People may differ greatly in their standards as to what is the most significant quality of a true friend. 真正的好朋友的品质是什么，人们的标准也许因人而异。
2. A trustworthy friend is valued among a large proportion of people. 一个值得信赖的朋友是很多人珍视的。
解析：trustworthy adj 值得信赖的
3. It is impossible to be entirely honest with our friends. 对朋友完全诚实是不可能的。
4. We may，sometimes，make a white lie to our friends out of the reason of benevolence. 处于善意，有时候，我们也许会对朋友说一些善意的谎言。
解析：bene(好)+ vol(心灵)+ence(名词尾缀)= benevolence n 善意
解析：white lie n善意的谎言
5. One hundred percent honesty amongst friends is, sometimes, hard to maintain. 有时候，朋友之间百分百的诚实是很难做到的。
6. Indeed，I have to concede that = granted，I have to confess that ……，的确， 我不得不承认……
7. Sometimes we might lie to our friends out of the purpose of protection，comfort and encouragement. 有时候，我们可能出于保护，安慰和鼓励的目的，对朋友说谎。
8. a case in point is that ……一个例子就是……
9. From our life experience， it is easy to find out plenty of evidences to justify that …… 从我们的生活中，很容易找到很多的例子来证实……
10. If a friend falls into incurable illness，his friends of relatives, in most cases, will conceal the truth and comfort him that the chance of recovery is good. 如果一个朋友得了难以治愈的疾病，其亲人或者好友多数情况下会隐瞒病情，安慰朋友说康复的机会是非常好的。