It seems more and more these days, leaders feel the need to increase the amount of participation in their involvement of others. From the corporate culture to politics, higher authorities are becoming increasingly more interested in their control over the choices and decisions of employees, citizens, and private parties. Is this ethical? How far should a government or corporate leader go in their engagement of their respective community?
In the Christian worldview, it is clear what is needed from us. The Bible is the ultimate word of Truth, and surprisingly, is not complicated when it comes to leading, teaching, and serving others. 1 Corinthians 14:33 explains “For God is not a God of confusion, but of Peace…” Matthew 5:3 teaches that those poor in spirit are blessed with the kingdom of heaven. Finally, Luke 16:13 states “No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money”. Simply put, man must simplify his life by leaving behind the worries of the world. This can only lead to Christ alone, who then blesses man beyond imagination. The less man anguishes on Earth, the more he receives in heaven. Less is more.
While compliance sets forth the rule, ethics is about interpreting the moral right and wrong of the rule. Is it wrong to steal a loaf of bread? Is it wrong to steal a loaf of bread to feed a dying family? That’s ethics. For leaders in a business and/or political culture, this principle can create tremendous positive consequence, only if put into action. The great leaders understand the difference between compliance and ethics. Invariably, they have a certain amount of control over employees, just as a government has control over the laws and regulations of the land. This is unavoidable, and is necessary to maintain consistency and harmony within a group of people. But, how the leader values the team will determine how they value the level of control they have.
Great leaders are great teachers. Great leaders worry less about control. This inevitably allows for a greater result in productivity, efficiency, and overall output. This is ethical to all parties, including all other stakeholders involved who benefit from increased profit and earnings. Governments, who spend less time controlling their people, receive loyalty and respect back from them. Less control results in more outcomes. Less control results in more consistency. Less control results in more trust and respect. God teaches us that less confusion is more peace. Less desire to be perfect equals more of the kingdom of heaven.
Less is more.