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Why is Job Competence Given a Higher Priority than Foundational, Moral Character and Integrity?

Found a great article from Michael Josephson on “Moral Courage—The Engine of Integrity”. So often, why is job competence given a higher priority in leaders and staff than foundational, moral character and integrity?

A quote from the article says – “It takes moral courage to be honest at the risk of ridicule, rejection, or retaliation, or when doing so may jeopardize our income or career. It takes courage to own up to our mistakes when doing so may get us in trouble or thwart our ambitions. It even takes courage to stand tough with our kids when doing so may cost us their affection.”

Read more, and share your thoughts –

LE

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Laurie Barkman
November 29, 2012 at 7:31 am

Thanks for sharing. I wrote on a similar topic a while back (http://servicedge.ca/to-win-or-not-to-win/). It takes courage to stand firm, to be honest, and to not resort to “win at all costs” tactics in a world that celebrates wins over the journey to the win.

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Lee Ellis
November 29, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Laurie – thanks for your comments and for sharing your article, too. We agree that it’s at the core of character-based leadership–to see beyond the threats, fears, and risks, resist self-preservation as the ultimate goal, and and do the right thing. (WP Admin)

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