With the two political parties holding their conventions this week and next, I wonder what place on the agendas, the topics of ethics, morals or character will be referenced in regards to the economy, job creation, foreign affairs, etc.?
Will we hear phrases like: moral awareness, moral responsibility, or moral obligation? Better yet, do we espouse those phrases in our own organizations? Can we expect more of others than maybe we do of ourselves?
We hear how important it is in having a moral compass more and more these days and yet, just what does it take to develop a moral compass?
To develop a moral compass, whether in politics, business, education, or home, discernment, role modeling, and constant reinforcement are necessary. To begin the reflection process, one should ask oneself what is the difference, likeness and order of moral dimensions in order the absolute best policy, promise, values statement, mission statement, rules of the classroom and rules of the house, are made.
Consideration needs to be given to the order, definition and applicability of these to the ultimate good for the common good and this takes time and effort for discernment.
This week and next, in particular, promises and visions, will be made from podiums, at conventions, company boardrooms, C-suites, classrooms as school begins and homes as to where we need to go, what we need to do and why we need to believe in those promises.. On what moral basis will those promises be made? How will we know and then what do we do?
In any type of group, people look to their” leaders” for inspiration, guidance, direction, focus and the invitation people to follow them.
One’s moral compass is developed by being fundamentally taught, consistently modeled and reinforced continually. At best, people hope and trust that those leaders believe what they say and not just what they think the people need to hear.
As in all things, time will tell!