Ethics Are Essential

“A leadership strategy without ethical clarity produces moral and economic bankruptcy.” – Bill Donahue

The ethical standing of a company starts from the top. If its leadership is not abiding by ethical principles, then the company will fall into unethical practices. The concept of ethical leadership is to unveil, determine, and demonstrate how to understand this leadership and why it is necessary to have an ethical coach leader at the top of the organization. When a company is ethically aligned, decisions are easier to make. And when the people who make those decisions feel that they are contributing to a good cause, they put more energy into the effort.

Simply put, it is much easier to be motivated by an ethical leader and work for a good cause, than it is to be motivated and energized in an unethical environment. By being a good leader you set the tone for everyone following you to be ethical and together build an ethical foundation to grow upon.

“Ethics must begin at the top of every organization. It is a leadership issue and CEO must set the example.” – Edward Hennessy

The Ghost of Introspection

What Is Introspection?

In my book, The Ethical Coach Leader, I note that introspection is key to understanding our internal dialogue and what motivates us to succeed.When you look inside yourself, you learn to tune out the noise of the outside world and ultimately become a much more solid and grounded individual.

Too many people today are blown about by the winds of change. They have no roots to anchor them to one spot. Often, this is due to lack of introspection. How many times do you think about thinking? How do you reflect on your own thoughts? Do you ever take the time to listen to your own internal dialogue and decide if it is positive or negative?

If not, you may be afraid of the Ghost of Introspection. As I say in my book, it is very important that you do what all humans do from time to time; look at yourself critically and see if your lifestyle is what you want it to be. Introspection is tough because it requires us to examine our own motivations and issues, and this can be painful. However, the results can help us grow stronger, become a more ethical leader, and ultimately benefit from our own honest and truthfulness.

Sri Swami Sivananda said, “Introspect. Watch the mind. It will gradually grow calmer and calmer. You will be able to find your defects.” By looking inside ourselves and reflecting on our past decisions, we can then be better educated in making future decisions. If you are unsure about something, take a few moments for quiet reflection. You will be amazed at how introspection can guide you when you give it a chance!

There may be occasions when you do not have the time for a deep introspection. This is when the habit of introspection becomes important. I have found that the more time you spend meditating and thinking about your internal dialogue, the more in touch with it you are. Then, once you have gotten in touch with yourself and you are comfortable with introspection, you can call those internal resources up much more quickly when necessary. Introspection not only makes you a better person, it makes you a better thinker, as well.

The Ghost of Environment

While I was Writing The Ethical Coach Leader,
I Recounted An Experience I Had
With My Own Coaching.

I told a group of listeners at one point, “I am here to remind you about the social and cultural forces that have shaped your life.” This is because I believe that these factors play a vital role in determining who and what we become. W. Clement Stone may have said it best when he said, “Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.”

The fact is that the environment we surround ourselves with shapes the people we become. It is important that we are conscious of the choices we make regarding our environment so as not to wander down the wrong path. The right people in our lives can help us achieve success; the wrong ones can ensure our failure.

This is an especially important lesson for young people to learn. Andy Stanley, a noted youth pastor, said, “The people who can ruin your life today will not be in your life five years from now.” To a great extent, this is true. While we may all have one friend that we have kept since high school or even grade school, the fact is that most of us move on. We find new friends, have new experiences and move away from the people who were once important to us. Only family truly stands the test of time; friends are usually situational, and although we may retain affection for certain friends, those who are in our lives every day are the ones that influence our thoughts and actions.

Therefore, it is very important for us to maintain the right environment by carefully controlling who is around us and imparting that lesson to our students. A coach maintains a good environment by engaging players who are positive, hardworking and goal-oriented. This environment will encourage other players, even when they are down on their luck, to push through to success. By creating the right environment, you as a coach are setting your players up for success. If you create the wrong environment, you are setting them up for failure.

The Ghost of Example

Do You Take Care Of Your Players Like
They Were Your Own Children?

This is a question I ask my readers in my new book, The Ethical Coach Leader. What I mean by this is simple: are you setting a good example for your players as you should be doing for your children? It is essential for young people to see an example of how they should act and how they should treat others. How do we expect them to learn otherwise?

Albert Schweitzer said, “Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” He obviously set a great store by example, and I tend to agree with him. All the talk in the world will not allow you to shape others in quite the way that a good example will.

Think about the coach who never exercises, who chain smokes or who curses like a sailor. Do you think he will produce clean, hardworking players? Most likely, his players will learn to curse, to cut corners and to engage in bad habits. When confronted with this behavior, they will most likely point to their coach and say, “But HE does it!” While we may dismiss this as excuse-making, these players have a point. Coaches must do it better than others in order to inspire their players to greatness, whatever “it” is in their case.

This does not mean that we expect a 40-year-old coach to have the physical stamina of a 20-year-old player. It does mean, however, that the 40-year-old should be setting such a great example that others are looking at him and saying, “Wow! I cannot believe he is 40! Look how hard he works out!”

The way to produce superior players is to be superior yourself. When you make up your mind to be a superior participant and you put your heart and soul into it, others will take note. They will determine that doing their best will get them great results and they will be more likely to try harder. Remember, you do not have to be perfect, just committed! When you set a good example, you will be able to change things much more profoundly for those you coach.