Working through the Why, How, and What

Lesson 1: Topic 13 of 19

Wikimedia Commons medical CEUs Ethics course DO MD RN LVN CNA LPC Therapist leadership integrity morals servant

The two most important words in the world are ‘honesty’ and ‘sincerity.’ If you can fake these, you’ve got it made.

Groucho Marx

Yes, this quote is sarcastic, meant to be humorous rather than a suggestion to emulate those who are unscrupulous. Instead of overly focusing on where others have gone wrong, consider where you yourself have room to grow. 

medical CEUs Ethics course DO MD RN LVN CNA LPC LNHA LNFA teamwork leadership integrity morals servant

Leadership is, by definition, a reciprocal relationship: You have to be good enough to gain a good following. A survey that has been conducted repeatedly since 1987, encompassing thousands of businesses both within the USA and internationally, shows that people desire leaders who consistently demonstrate four qualities. Ranked in order of importance, they want the ones in charge to be honest, competent, inspirational, and visionary. They need leaders of integrity. 

So, while taking this course, ask yourself the big questions: 

  • What is real about my personal integrity?” 

  • Am I credible?” 

  • Where do I draw the line on ethical decisions?

  • and most crucially, “Am I willing to make the changes necessary to be a better leader?

Asking yourself these honest questions, and taking the time to reflect will ensure that this isn’t just another CEU course that “checks the box.”

Marek Piwnicki on Unsplash medical CEUs Ethics course DO MD RN LVN CNA LPC Therapist teamwork leadership integrity morals servant RN LVN CNA LPC

Real trust (even in our modern culture) doesn’t always come from divulging, from providing more transparency, but from the actions that people take (or that we think they take) before our eyes. It comes from people who show up before they have to, who help us when they think no one is watching. It comes from people and organizations that play a role that we need them to play.

Seth Godin

Just as each person has his or her own conscience, every organization does, too. There may be motivational posters on cubicle walls, cheerleading sessions in conference rooms, and a written Code of Conduct on websites, but those don’t define a company’s conscience. Its conscience is revealed in its corporate culture. That culture might or might not reflect the views of the larger society. It may have been intentionally drafted, or unconsciously emerged over time through the interactions between owners, coworkers, and customers. However it came into being, the culture impacts everyone who works there. The good news is everyone who works there impacts the culture. You can change it. 

Does your facility, practice, or department need to change? In order for a shift toward integrity to deeply affect the workplace, someone has to drive that change. That someone needs to have a commitment to consistently providing vision. In meetings, private conversations, and so on, everyone needs to hear and be constantly reassured that the person in charge is committed to treating patients or residents, as well as employees, with dignity and acting according to the central ethos.

You can do it.