Nations fall apart when leadership is weak in ethics and values. It weakens the inward moral compass to become an unreliable source of direction, and eventually dashes the national vessel against the rocky shores of destruction.
Don’t mistake the lack of values to lack of intelligence. Many despots have been educated in some of the greatest Universities on the planet. However, they were instructed on how to manage resources and build PR campaigns, but were never instructed how to manage their personal life. They never learned the truth of how important personal ethics and values would be in the effectiveness of their leadership. Learning the mechanics of governing or managing is one thing, but developing one’s character is quite something else.
To leave a lasting legacy on future generations; it will require a moral code of ethics that are adhered to.
The inward establishment of moral principles and ethics act as a security system. It alerts and sounds the alarm when outward temptations and circumstances assail our lives with the purpose to compromise ethical standards. These outward pressures can threaten our positive influence by significantly reducing our willpower, common sense, and better judgment. These honorable principles safeguard us from personal intruders shaped in the form of our own human frailties, that cause us to rationalize immoral behavior and take ethical shortcuts. Eventually we feel justified and everyone else is the blame for the failure, and the exploitation of people becomes the norm.
How a person treats those who can do nothing for him, will demonstrate the inward character of the individual.
The inner life of a future leader must be developed first before the mechanics and processes of leadership. If we do the latter first, pride and ego will mushroom into a tyrant of using people as pawns to achieve a selfish vision. The legacy ends when the leader dies in such a case. If a future leader develops the inner-self into a concrete foundation of unwavering adherence to the high standard of morals which dictate right and wrong, and valuing others as superior to any material object. Then, ALL people will benefit and a legacy will be solidified for generations to come.
The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. – Jim Rohn
Reuben Egolf – Chairman of the United States Global Leadership Council
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