Our Moral Compass: The Characteristic Most Absent

“I find the moral courage is the most valuable and most usually absent characteristic.”

-General George S. Patton Jr

There are many characteristics that each of us possess that helps make us us. Some are but not limited to loyalty, honesty, integrity, fortitude, and other important virtues that promote good behavior. One of the United States most famous U.S. Generals is George S. Patton Jr once said that he felt moral courage was by far the most valuable and the one least present in us. Though we don’t know why he felt that way we can however focus on how to bring out our own moral courage in ourselves and others. At the same time we can do several things to avoid being discouraging too.

In December 2011 the Leadership Freak Blog wrote about Five Ways to Fill Others With Courage. The blog further gave ways to avoid discouraging others.

Ways to encourage courage others and ourselves

  1. Understand the dreams of others (and ourselves). Leadership begins with understanding and accepting the dreams of others.
  2. See the strengths in others (and in ourselves) rather than persistently working to improve weaknesses. Inordinate desire to improve things may create negativity. Spend more time focused on strengths.
  3. Speak hopefully. All great leaders are always realistically optimistic. If you don’t think others can rise up to meet challenges, get out of leadership.
  4. Serve others (and yourself) by helping them reach their dreams.
  5. When possible, meet a need (others’ needs and yours).

Ways to Discourage Courage From Happening

  1. Do nothing.
  2. Say nothing.
  3. Be negative.

One of my biggest takeaways is that bringing out the courage in ourselves and others requires more action on our part. So really things are within our control and with the help of our own moral compass we will ensure that this characteristic is present always.

What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards defining/refining your own moral compass?

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