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A call to understand what it means to be honorable on Character Day.

A call to understand what it means to be honorable on Character Day.

Everything we desire is for the sake of something. Some final outcome or result that we want enough to take that action. It follows that the ends must, therefore, be greater than the means. Greater than the collective individual actions, in that, all are conducted with the intent of some great future results. For why else would we lead and ask others to join us in our endeavors? Indeed, it might even be morally wrong to ask others to join in our own goal-seeking if the moral reason behind our vision of the future is not genuine and worthwhile to all who participate and serve. And isn’t leadership, in itself, a request to forgo one’s own possible efforts in service of another person’s vision of the future? If so, then leadership demands that a leader explain, with clarity, the moral reasoning underlying their vision and let others choose for themselves whether they join that effort. Primarily because it requires them to put their efforts into the service of the end result and asking them to do so without understanding the ultimate “why” cannot be good or right. 

The purpose for which we work must transcend our personal aims. 

As such, the moral underpinnings of a vision must also be greater than the one who begins and leads it. This is because the aims and limits of one person cannot contain enough moral impetus to ask others to put the bulk of their daily work in service to it. A leader who is suspected to be mostly self-serving or insincere about the true meaning of their purpose is merely manipulating others in being complicit with their own agenda or personal benefit and not truly grounded in service to some moral good. Therefore, to be an honorable leader means to ensure one’s followers are contributing their effort in sincere service to the mission and not to the person leading. Only then, can human hearts and hands align around an effort that is meaningful and sustainable enough to outlive the person starting or leading the path to the goal. 

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