Individuals need to consider the end result of their actions. J. C. Watts said, "Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught".
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This statement says a lot about the integrity of our corporate executives. This statement is true in a few different ways. The character is definitely doing right when no one is looking - it is easy for almost anyone to do right when we know people are looking. This is when we're helpful to our peers when we're providing excellent customer service, and when we're doing all of the things that we're supposed to, which make us look good. The same holds true in the corporate arena. Executives can easily act with integrity and make the right choices when they're under the scope - as people watch, the executives hold their heads high and lead with integrity. It's when the scope is off the executive that their level of integrity really matters. The main question to ask is if the executive holds the same morals and integrity when no one is watching, which is key.
In light of this statement and corporate executive news over the past decade or two, the main principle is that it is not okay, even when no one is looking, and acts that are unethical, illegal or both are inherently wrong. We see the number of scandals in the recent past involving executives stealing money or defrauding the company in some other way and many of those executives believe that their biggest mistake was in getting caught. This clearly shows the differences in integrity between people in positions of power that have no regard for others or for their values and morals. These types of acts are always wrong and they always show a lack of integrity. All executives, as representatives of corporate America, should act as if someone was watching 100% of the time, and should constantly keep their morals, values, and principles at the forefront of all of their business decisions.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com December 24, 2021, 10:45 pm ad1c9bdddf>