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Leadership Without Honor

Much has been written about leadership. Lists of what it takes to be a leader and what attributes make a great leader are common. However, seldom does one see honor linked to leadership. Why is that?

What is honor anyway? Self-respect, integrity, good reputation are certainly a part of honor. Duels have been held over the matter of honor so it must be an important attribute. Can one be a leader without having honor? Did Hitler and Stalin have honor? Certainly, they were leaders. So, maybe honor is needed as a part of leadership only if the leader is working for the good of his followers. In today’s time, we have many leaders that seem to lack much in the way of honor, even in our own country. Do the legislators, duly elected, sometimes repeatedly, that take bribes, have illicit relationships, and even fail to pay their personal taxes have honor? Do our leaders that use their positions for personal gain have honor? No, those people have no honor, but they are held up as leaders.

So, it would seem that one can be a leader without having honor. But, would you want to work with/for a leader that has no honor? Is it possible that a leader is doomed to ultimate failure if his/her leadership is not underpinned with honor? Do people instinctively gravitate to those with honor, and if so is that sometimes a hidden core of great leadership?

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Ken Vincenthttp://sbpra.com/KennethVincent/
KEN is a 46 year veteran hotelier and entrepreneur. Formerly owned two hotels, an advertising agency, a wholesale tour company, a POS company, a leasing company, and a hotel management company. The hotels included chain owned, franchises, and independents. They ranged in type from small luxury inns, to limited service properties, to large convention hotels and resorts. After retiring he authored a book, “So Many Hotels, So Little Time” in which he relates what life is like behind the scenes for a hotel manager. Ken operated more that 100 hotels and resorts in the US and Caribbean and formed eight companies. He is a firm believer that senior management should share their knowledge and experience with the next generation of management.
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Larry Tyler

I love this ken. Honor should be at the top of our list. Thank you for this thought provoking post.

Chris Pehura

I feel honor is a behavior that transcends nation borders. It’s trust, respect, due diligence, and honesty. Working with honorable people is, pardon the pun, honorable.

Ken Vincent
Ken Vincent

Chris and Larry. Thanks for both your inputs.

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