How to Be Successful & Keep the Importance of Ethics in Business

how-to-be-successful-and-keep-the-importance-of-business-ethicsSuccess and ethics in business are not mutually exclusive, and in fact, the most successful businesses are often the ones that build a reputation on honest and ethical practices. The importance of business ethics is magnified for CCU business students because you are a reflection of Jesus in everything you do, including your actions in the business world. Here are some ways to focus on ethics while keeping your business success in mind.

Be honest and give your customers and clients the full item or service they are expecting with their purchase. The Bible emphasizes the need to have a just measure, which was the way sellers determined the weight of goods purchased. In particular, Deuteronomy 25:15 says to use an honest weight. In business today, this means describing your products and services honestly and giving customers what they pay for. Plus, this helps build your reputation because people get the high-quality products they expect.

Practice generosity in your business relationships. In Luke 6:38, Jesus says, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” This principle says that if you are generous with what you give your customers and clients, you will receive the same generosity from others. This can include offering discounts or perks to consistent customers (or new ones), or even giving new employees your time and attention to help build them up and make them a key contributing member of your team.

Examine your heart and your motives in each business decision you make. If something doesn’t feel right to you, it’s probably because it’s not right. Your academic and spiritual training has provided you with the tools you need to evaluate business ethics, and you should trust your instincts in this area. In addition, invite God’s help in guiding your business decisions. In Psalm 139:23, David writes, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” God can help guide the success of your business, and you need to remain open to receiving this guidance.

Every Christian businessperson should have ethics in mind through every decision of every day. You can introduce people to Jesus through your actions, which should mirror the moral and ethical principles the Bible teaches. In many cases, these ethical decisions will also lead to the success of your business.

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  1. Jeff says:

    Having owned a business for many years I can truly appreciate the extremely important role that good Christian ethics play in building a respectable and successful enterprise. We are instructed to “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people” (Colossians 3:23). If we are to be a reflection of Jesus to the world as business leaders this must be the first directive in any good mission statement. Yet a singular focus on emulating this message to the customers and clients for the purpose of business growth is only part of the challenge to a good Christian business leader. The way we treat subordinates and the example we set for them as a leader is just as important. Here is a brief thought I would add about demonstrating a Biblical foundation to those that depend upon our leadership.

    It is essential that you treat everyone under your authority with respect. This includes your employees and those of other companies that supply your inventory or goods. Christ provided the basic tenet of treating others as we would want them to treat us (Mathew 7:12) yet as servant leaders we should “in humility count others more significant than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3). We must also take care to consider the needs of our employees and treat them as generously as the Lord treats us (Colossians 4:1). This is not only in consideration of wages but in demonstrating the importance of family first. Encourage them to attend their kid’s school programs and to attend church as a family and provide the time to do so. The employees of a business will generally reflect the attitude of the business leadership to the customers and their families and this is one of the best methods of demonstrating Christian ethics to everyone.

  2. jt58 says:

    Having owned a business for many years I can truly appreciate the extremely important role that good Christian ethics play in building a respectable and successful enterprise. We are instructed to “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people” (Colossians 3:23). If we are to be a reflection of Jesus to the world as business leaders this must be the first directive in any good mission statement. Yet a singular focus on emulating this message to the customers and clients for the purpose of business growth is only part of the challenge to a good Christian business leader. The way we treat subordinates and the example we set for them as a leader is just as important. Here is a brief thought I would add about demonstrating a Biblical foundation to those that depend upon our leadership.
    It is essential that you treat everyone under your authority with respect. This includes your employees and those of other companies that supply your inventory or goods. Christ provided the basic tenet of treating others as we would want them to treat us (Mathew 7:12) yet as servant leaders we should “in humility count others more significant than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3). We must also take care to consider the needs of our employees and treat them as generously as the Lord treats us (Colossians 4:1). This is not only in consideration of wages but in demonstrating the importance of family first. Encourage them to attend their kid’s school programs and to attend church as a family and provide the time to do so. The employees of a business will generally reflect the attitude of the business leadership to the customers and their families and this is one of the best methods of demonstrating Christian ethics to everyone.

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