LIFE Leadership is a leadership subscription service that provides information in the categories called the 8 F’s. The information is taught through audios, books, and meetings from those who have experience in leadership with growing leadership communities. That information is used by those in pursuit of personal and professional development. Choosing to build a leadership community is an option, but with the indicators showing a moral decline of our nation, it may be the single biggest area needed for growth in the 21st century. It appears that the AGO and Freedom subscriptions are especially timely. James Madison wrote, “The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first, to obtain for rulers of men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to the common good of the society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous, whilst they continue to hold their public trust.” With that said, the state of corruption in public government affairs today is epidemic. Best selling authors Orrin Woodward and Oliver DeMille describe our current condition in their best selling book Leadershift as a result of the Law of Diminishing Returns, indicating that this is a time for moral leadership.
Ethics is about what is good and what is right. The Greek word ethos is often translated as character. It is a moral duty of anyone in a position of leadership to discriminate what is right and what is wrong. Interestingly, there has been a noticeable downward trend in our countries moral state since prayer was taken out of the schools. Until 1962, belief in God and Judeo – Christian values was deeply rooted and intertwined in the fabric of American society. However, that year, the Supreme Court of the United States banned prayer in public schools. Fast forward. Would a virtuous nation teach what is on T.V. today? Even secular organizations like the American Atheists inc., and United Nations Declaration of Rights list the following principles in common with most religions:
- Commitment to something greater than oneself.
- Self – respect, but with humility, self – discipline, and acceptance of personal responsibility.
- Respect and caring for others.
- Caring for other living things and the environment.
Is there evidence of a decline of moral leadership today? Just look at the social consequences we are witnessing today. Today, the culture of relativism states that no moral belief can be universally true. This goes hand in hand with Bastiat’s Law that says humans want to find the easiest way to get what they want with the least amount of effort. This naturally reveals our human disposition to be selfish and even unethical at times.
To establish moral leadership is to reverse this decline. Taking time to pray would be a good beginning to start in a direction toward moral leadership but it seems like we are just too busy to commune with God. Prayer is not just an act but, an attitude that comes from the heart. Looking around, it seems like we are having a heart problem. One of the advantages of prayer is getting the heart right. Prayer includes thanksgiving and gratitude. This effects the feelings of the heart. R.C. Sproul wrote about prayer: “You’re in a conversation with God, the sovereign Creator and Ruler of the universe…You are not God. You are a creature speaking to his or her sovereign Creator.” Anyone looking at our world today would agree that we need a change of heart. This is where moral leadership can have an effect. It might be the right time for the LIFE Leadership AGO subscription.
Leaders are associated with having a purpose. Thinking about your purpose may be your mind connecting with your Creator. Enough moral leaders with a purpose in the culture would eventually effect the nation’s heart. Philosopher Joseph Butler said, “We are endowed with a faculty for knowing moral truth.” A moral leader demonstrates qualities like empathy, compassion, and forgiveness. Looking at the stock market or the financial times reminded me of a quote from Henry Blamires a good friend of C.S. Lewis, who wrote about The Moral Market Today: "Chastity down by three points and Honesty up two points. The charts forsee a further surge in Honesty as the moral climate becomes increasingly indulgent towards admissions of conduct, which would once have been regarded as disgraceful or shameful. By the same token shares in Chastity, which today reached a new low, are expected to fall much further yet. All the experts agreed that the bottom has fallen out of the Chastity market. Investors will be wise to rid their portfolios of this now credited commodity before it is too late.”
History shows that humankind tends to turn to God in times of trouble. It’s then that we might begin to see that the human race is on probation. You can begin to appreciate all those leaders who are jumping in the pool and swimming against the current of decline and corruption. Yes, the water gets a little choppy but that makes moral leaders that much more respected. The qualities of courage and character are the commodities that are sparse in today’s market. Maybe it’s time to invest in those qualities and influence the moral market trend upward. God Bless, George Guzzardo