Not exactly on topic for a compensation blog, but this excerpt I came across recently struck a chord for me and I wanted to share it here. It is taken from Joseph Badaracco, Jr.'s article We Don't Need Another Hero (link goes to article abstract) in the September 2001 Harvard Business Review on recognizing and having the courage to embrace our "deeper responsibilities":
Most of us don't associate bending the rules with moral leadership. But following the rules can be a moral cop-out. If a friend asks you if you like her new shoes, and you think they look ridiculous, you don't tell the truth. And when the Gestapo demanded to know who was hiding Jews, some people lied. Between the trivial and the tragic are many everyday situations in which responsible people work hard to find ways to maneuver within the boundaries set by the rules. Instead of acting like moral bookkeepers, they bend the rules and own up to their deeper responsibilities.
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