Friday, May 7, 2010
Honor among thieves
In days gone by, there was a phrase "honor among thieves". The concept being that even those who stole from people, had a code of honor among themselves. There was a code for those in the mafia that they never "whacked" someone in front of their family. There was even a code in prison that those that had hurt children, were tortured the worst. In this day and age, we see very little honor. CEO's stealing from retirement funds. Public figures admitting publicly to infidelity. Sports figures taking steroids. Children teasing each other to the point of suicide. You can't even get everyone to take turns when they merge in traffic. This has become the day of "as long as I get mine...". Now I totally get that most everyone wants to "win" or "be the best". But how you get there should matter, too. Did you win following the rules? Or did you cheat, or at least bend, the rules? Is that truly a victory? Are you winning at the expense of others? Good leaders excel by bringing up everyone around them - not by climbing over them. Is your leadership code honorable?