Civic Education

Reputation: How to build a good reputation

Alfred Ajibola - Sat, 28th September, 2019 @ 21:49: PM

Topics in Civic Education

Reputation: How to build a good reputation Factors that promote Cooperation Cooperation and Types of Cooperation Attributes and Benefits of Honesty Meaning and Types of Values in Civic Education Community service and its benefit Characteristics, Reasons, Effects and Solutions to Cultism Origin of Cultism in Nigeria Meaning, Causes, Consequences and Solutions to Illiteracy The Real Meaning of Honesty

Academic Questions in Civic Education

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Which of the followings is NOT a correct definition for values in Civic Education?

  • A. Value is a more personal measure of worth
  • B. Value is the esteemed quality which a person attaches to certain ideas, beliefs or principle
  • C. Value is a laid down rule and standard that influences our relationship with people
  • D. Value is the standard principle that is supported by individuals and the society they live in
  • E. None of the above
  • F. All of the above

The act of always telling the truth to others and oneself is best referred to as _____.

  • A. loyalty
  • B. discipline
  • C. faithfulness
  • D. honesty
  • E. godliness
  • F. goodness

Which of the following is NOT a consequence of dishonesty?

  • A. Loss of reputation
  • B. Imprisonment
  • C. Loss of sympathy
  • D. Loss of customers
  • E. Being disgraced
  • D. Being cursed

The cooperation seen among the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) is best classified as _____.

  • A. social cooperation
  • B. community cooperation
  • C. financial cooperation
  • D. religious cooperation
  • E. trade cooperation
  • F. idiopathic cooperation

Which of the following statement is incorrect concerning cooperation?

  • A. Division of Labor is a form of Cooperation
  • B. Cooperation is a process of coming together
  • C. Cooperation is aimed at achieving a common goal
  • D. Cooperation is a form of social interaction
  • E. Indirect Cooperation is a type of Cooperation
  •  F. None the above options

What is Reputation?

The term reputation comes from a Latin “reputationem” which means “consideration” in English. Take a moment to ponder on the following questions.

How do people consider me?

How do others view me?

How do people label me?

How do others address me?

How do my family, friends and strangers relate with me?

What opinion do others have about me?

If you can give an answer to the above questions; then, that’s your reputation.

Reputation can simply be defined as a complete or total estimation of a person’s character and quality especially by those who know such person.

Reputation can be put into different types depending on how you look at it; but in this article, we will look into the good and bad forms reputation.

Note: Everyone has got a reputation but not everyone has good reputation.

An important point to understand is:

Everything you do or don’t do will account for your reputation regardless your awareness or non-awareness concerning it.

The good news is; there is a chance for every one of us to improve on our reputation.


How to build a good Reputation

  • Emulate those you hold in high Esteem

Take a moment to think about the people you respect and hold in high esteem. Try to find out the values they possess that made you respect them. If you put into practice this amiable value of theirs, your reputation will increase and others will look up to you in return.

Please read on Values here.


  • Cut out of negative talk

Negative talk like gossips, use of abusive language, maligning others and so on will only bring bad reputation on a person. It’s better to remain silent and keep your opinion to yourself rather that expressing an unsure opinion towards others (family, friends and even strangers).

Some persons may go an extra length by putting up these negative or unsure gossips on the internet. This act can be potentially very dangerous to the reputation and career of such persons involved.

You can read on Careers in Physical and Health Education here.

Note: People who constantly speak bad, negative and evil about others rarely have a positive reputation.


  • Be involved in social, community and volunteer services

Once in a while, we have to politely introduce ourselves to people who don’t know us. Social, community and volunteer services are one of the various ways to achieve this. The fact is; little will be known of our good reputation if we are not known.

Community service can be defined as a job performed by an individual or group of people for the benefit of the community or its institutions without any pay.

Please read on Community Service and its Benefits here.

Volunteer service is any activity that is done out of one’s own will and without any form of payment or reward; for the benefit of others; not including his/her family members or relatives.

Note: Social, community and volunteer services provides an opportunity for people to see our selfless and humanitarian actions. Also, we get to meet a variety of people through this selfless act.


  • Take on responsibilities

One way to build up a good reputation is to start taking up responsibilities and delivering on them. When one takes up too big a responsibility and fails to deliver on them, it usually results to them having a bad reputation. To this end, we should be careful and analytical when taking up responsibilities.

The act of helping people whenever we can goes a long way in building our reputation.


  • Avoidance of negative behaviors

No upright person will like to associate himself or herself with a thief, a murderer or a liar (which are all considered as negative behaviors).

Negative behaviors includes but not limited to the followings:

Taking up a bad job like stealing and prostitution

Gossiping and being a Talkative

Drug Abuse

Fighting and Quarrelling

Drunkenness and Embarrassment of oneself


One with the above negative behaviors will have a bad reputation. Apart from this, no good and reasonable person will want to associate with one who portrays these aforementioned negative behaviors.

Please read on Cultism and its Consequences here.


  • Honesty and Integrity

No one trusts a dishonest person or one that lacks integrity. Integrity goes a long way with regards to reputation. Many people (dead and alive) are respected and honored today because they lived and died honorably through their acts of integrity and honesty.

Joseph in the bible became a leader and a man of great reputation in a foreign land. He achieved this feat because of the honesty and integrity he showed in the times of temptation and injustice.

Please read more on the Leadership qualities of Joseph here.

You can read on the true meaning of Honesty here.


  • Dress properly for the occasion

Often times, people are addressed with regards to how they are dressed. Also, first impression matters when relating with people. One should be properly dressed for the appropriate occasion because this is the first step towards presenting your personality. Your personality on the other hand may determine your level of reputation.

Please read more on Self Esteem and ways to overcome Low Self Esteem.

Take for instance, as a secondary school student; one must be dressed neatly. This will include wearing a clean, well ironed and properly tucked uniforms; together with the appropriate stockings and shoes. Also, students should keep good hairstyles in addition to being neat and hardworking; if they are to enhance their reputation before their teachers and fellow students.


  • Make yourself likeable in a positive sense

Do you know it is possible for one not to be liked because of the way he or she carries himself/herself?

We need to portray a good image of ourselves if we intend to put out a good reputation out there. To achieve this, the following actions are recommended:

Put up a smile when exchanging pleasantries with others.

Congratulate someone when something good happens to them.

Console someone when something bad happens to them.

Compliment people when they deserve it.

Be respectful to others.

Please read more on Social Studies and its Objectives here.


Alfred Ajibola is a Medical Biochemist, a passionate Academician with over 7 years of experience, a Versatile Writer, a Web Developer, a Cisco Certified Network Associate and a Cisco CyberOps Associate.

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Amazing facts in Civic Education


Cooperation can be defined as the process of coming together, working together and helping one another to achieve a common goal

According to A.W Green 

Cooperation is the continuous and com­mon endeavor of two or more persons to perform a task or to reach a goal that is commonly cherished

According to F.E Merrill

Cooperation is a form of social interaction wherein two or more persons work together to gain a common end.

There is this saying from the chairman of Microsoft and it goes thus:

Our success has really been based on partnerships from the very beginning - Bill Gates

Read more on cooperation here


1. Direct Cooperation

2. indirect Cooperation

3. Social Cooperation

4. Religious Cooperation

5. Financial Cooperation

6. Community Cooperation

7. Occupational Cooperation

Please read on the details of the types of cooperation here