Personal ethics at its core definition is the process of learning what is right and wrong, then doing what is right.
It is anything but black and white and requires knowledge coming from teachers, parents, educators, pastors, community leaders and a host of quality sources.
I maintain that personal ethics comprising of morals, principles, and values requires constant repetition that is taught and not magically acquired. I had the benefit of two fine parents who taught me how important honesty, accountability, responsibility, and integrity was.
Yet, later in my career as a corporate executive I crossed the line and committed white collar offenses against a major international computer manufacturer. As a result, I learned a lesson never to be forgotten at the expense of my family.
What are some of the lessons I learned that are so vital to personal ethics and good behavior?
We cannot place our own interests and value them ahead of our faith, family, friends, and others.
There is no place for arrogance and greed in our personal lives or in the business world.
Grace and humility are required in all of our lives. The best place we can point fingers is at our own tummies and not blame others.
Let’s strive to teach, enrich, and develop others about personal ethics and remember the lessons of our mentors.