Our Moral Compass: It’s Not About Us

“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.”

-Andrew Carnegie

     Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish-American industrialist, and philanthropist who led the expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century and became one of the richest Americans in history. In today’s quote Andrew Carnegie reminds us that in order to become a great leader we need to remember that we cannot become great by doing everything by ourselves and think that when we reach that level of greatness we should only thank ourselves for making it. No level of success has ever solely been accomplished without at least the help of someone or something. If we are to truly reach and fulfill all that is the good within our moral compass we need to remove that selfish “it’s all about me” hat.        

Before taking a deeper look at this quote and how it affects our moral compass the one part I would add to it is that there are people who will take all the credit for doing something, especially when the results are positive, but the question is do they take that same credit or blame for that matter when the results have a negative connotation? And the answer is not likely. If we are willing to take all of the credit for something we should take all of the blame for something as well. We can’t have it just one way.     

We are all leaders. There is no need for anyone to really have a title next to our name to justify this because it is what we do behind that title that is important. As a leader I know that I cannot do everything or be an expert on everything. I can learn about something by reading up on it and working at it to become more familiar on a topic, but by no means does that make me a expert of something. I have always and will continue to rely on the strengths of others to help either make me become a better person or help make the organization itself better. I will never take the credit for those things. It’s just not in my nature to do that. Now to a fault, if something goes wrong, even if it was beyond my control, I have the tendency to shoulder all the blame. All I can say is I’m working on improving this though but it is a struggle when these situations arise.     

Our moral compass is the fabric of our lives. It is due to selfless acts, who allow others to be a part of the journey and also accepting the help of others along the way. Remember it takes a village. 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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