In the recent article by Joe Thornell titled: 21st Century Leadership requires Moral Courage, the author states: “Moral Courage is in great demand today from our leaders”, and he identifies three elements of moral courage:
1.Strong, unwavering Core values that are in 100% compliance with the values of the organization.
- Accountability which seems to be lacking in many parts of our society.
- Proper example = walking the talk
So how does this happen? How does a leader become morally courageous? Are these three key elements learned or innate?
If values are caught not taught, on what criterion does an organization hire or promote someone? How are values identified, clarified and recognized? Doesn’t there need to be a process to set the “proper example?”
When it comes to accountability, shouldn’t one be taught that accountability is non-negotiable?
I believe that moral courage is in demand because there seems to be so little of it. When medical errors are the third leading cause of deaths in hospitals, when over 40 million Takada airbags need to be replaced due to deaths and injuries when ignition parts in cars have caused deaths and injuries, to name a few, where is the accountability? Where are the unwavering core values of leadership much less proper example?
I suggest that the book, Moral Courage by Rushworth Kidder be required reading in every leadership development course, be part of every training initiative to getting everybody on the same moral direction.