When we look at the leaders of today, we often find ourselves questioning the motives for them doing what they do. In an age where trust is low, we really like to put our leaders under scrutiny. It is a wonderful thing when you discover a truly honourable leader.
I believe that one of the best places on earth to be is where a culture of honour has been developed over time. In an environment like this people are what truly matter.
Today the places where you are investing a significant part of your life, places such as your workplace or a club, may not be enjoying the positive benefits that a culture like this can bring. But all is not lost, as a negative culture can be turned around with some hard work from its stakeholders.
I often laugh when I hear people say “Karma will get you!” It is a saying that is used when others perform in a manner that is less than honourable. The truth is that there is a principle at work in the universe that some refer to as “the law of sowing and reaping” Being raised on a wheat farm in central Victoria, I saw this law in action every day from a very early age. The point is that to create a culture of honour you have to learn to sow honour in the first place.
It can be hard work, but the benefits are absolutely huge! The results can include happier employees, greater loyalty, positive people, productive environments, stronger families, healthier communities and in many cases the success that is initiated can be secured for many generations to come.
The definition of honour is broad but in a nutshell it means to treat another person with respect, to value them, to see the best in them. It also means to have a high level of morality and to be a person of your word. My observation has been that honourable leaders are often able to see further than others. They see the hidden qualities in those under their care and are able to bring the best out in them.
When honour is lost in society or any organisation, it can have tragic and long term effects. Honour that goes missing can be very hard to recapture and may take time and energy to re-establish. When the culture of honour in a nation is damaged by the frivolity of its leaders it can take generations to recover.
Personally I believe that one of the signs that honour is being lost, is that we have to legislate to see greater levels of respect and tolerance. The problem though is that you cannot legislate matters of the heart and honour is one such matter. Hence, making laws does not produce honourable citizens, employees or even leaders.
Recently, I was very impacted by the movie “Courageous” It tells the story of four policemen who recognize a call to serve and protect their community. As law officers they are confident and focused, standing up to the worst the streets have to offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood.
Can they demonstrate the leadership required to create a culture of honour? They realize that honour begins at home. Truth is, honour can begin where you are!!