working definition of a +Moral/Ethical Life’s View is:
viewpoint and code of behavior derived from a well-developed moral
conscience that points true North in regard to matters of character,
principle, and conduct as illustrated in all the core Leadership
Values of Integrity, Achievement, Responsibility,
synonyms for a +Moral/Ethical Life’s View are:
Someone who is coming from a position or Values validated viewpoint
that can be variably described as: Good, Right, Honest, Decent,
Proper, Honorable, Just, Principled, and/or Fair.
What is a
Moral/Ethical Life’s View?
Ethics, and what is morally right has to do with both the intention
and consequences of our decisions and behavior. This Aristotelian
view of ethical behavior is based upon the belief that our words and
deeds are intended to always be for the greater good of both the
individual as well as society. Therefore, Ethical behavior is viewed
and measured by this absolute standard of what is right and best for
all, rather than the limited and relative situational view of what
is only best from the individual’s needs, desires and interests.
view holds that Ethical behavior is not based on the evaluation of
the situation relative to personal benefit or advantage at the
expense of others, but focuses instead on the absolute right thing
to do regardless of personal consequences.
moral principles are codified as personal values and become our
self-imposed standards of behavior. In this +Ethical/Moral Life’s
View, our personal values become the basis for guiding our
behaviors according to the ethical and moral principles that are
implicit in the holding of those personal values important to us.
Our well-developed personal values create the guidelines for what we
consider to be moral and ethical behavior.
is it important to have a positive +Ethical/Moral Life’s View?
Where does it come from? What implications does the
strong presence or relative absence of this personality
characteristic, and the personal values that support it
have for someone in a leadership role? Let us explore answers to
these questions and in the process illustrate some reasons for the
importance of having a “Moral Conscience,” that points us toward
Where Does a
Moral/Ethical Life’s View Come From?
and Ethical behavior has it’s origins in acting on well developed
personal values. It often takes great personal Courage to act
ethically and with Integrity. Ethical behavior also requires
that we act with a highly developed sense of Responsibility
to do the right thing, and to balance our Achievement of
personal goals and aspirations with the priority of the greater good
+Moral/Ethical Life’s View reflects our inner concept of the
kind of person we want to be, and that person is ultimately defined
by our personal core values. Thus, values such as Integrity,
Achievement, Responsibility, and Courage are
inherently forward-looking, future oriented, and reflective of the
future self-concept we have of how we see ourselves acting, both
morally and ethically.
is a Moral/Ethical Life’s View Important?
with a well-developed Moral Conscience are constantly consulting and
clarifying their personal values, and in turn modifying their
behavior accordingly in support of an overall +Moral/Ethical
continually balancing decisions and behaviors from this Values
validated viewpoint, they build trust and credibility into their
Leadership, and earn the loyalty, confidence, and respect of their
followers. When the Leader builds a Moral & Ethical perspective into
the overall goals and Vision they have for the future, others can
more readily commit to supporting the direction and stated purposes
they are asking of their followers. This is the source of true
Leadership power, strength, and ultimate success as taught by the
lessons of history.
of Faith In a Moral/Ethical Life’s View
we formulate our personal +Moral/Ethical Life’s View, we can
look beyond ourselves, and the help of others in recognition that
there is something more permanent and powerful than the individual.
A belief in God and the related tenets of organized Religion
fulfills this very important need to nurture the spirit, and to
guide us toward Moral and Ethical behaviors in the context of
practicing our personal religious beliefs. As our Religion becomes
interwoven into the matrix of our Values and Beliefs, we acknowledge
the existence of a greater power and influence on our daily lives.