Most of the time it is easy to distinguish “right” from “wrong,” but what do we do when it isn’t clear about what is “right” or “wrong?”
When it isn’t clear, good leaders lead with both ethics and morals. Let’s define ethics and morals.
- Ethics are rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions to a particular group or culture.
- Ethics is defined by a societal definition of right and wrong.
- Ethics are governed by professional and legal standards.
- Morals are principles or habits with respect to right and wrong conduct.
- Ultimately, morality is a personal compass of right and wrong behavior.
- Morals transcend cultural norms.
You can be ethical and lack morals or vice versa. A good leader is able to lead with ethics and morals.
The word ethic comes from the Greek word “ethos,” which means character. The word moral comes from the Latin word “mos,” which means custom.
One of the main things a leader needs to lead effectively is integrity. Integrity comes from good character. However, there are times when you need a higher set of standards, which then we must be able to customize our decision-making by looking within.
I do believe in many of our societal standards of working hard, finishing what you started, leading by example, etc. However, internally I will always believe in God and His calling for my life, no matter what society may believe.
At the end of the day, we should live and lead with good ethics and morals, which will assist in our decision-making.
Question: What helps you with your decision-making? Leave your comments below.
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