Transparency and values

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When aspects of human behaviour are discussed, many folks tend to use terms of reference derived from sociology. A lot of things are attributed to cultural mindsets. Obviously there different ways of doing things across the world, but human beings also share some near universal values and attitudes.

Is there a heritage where lying, stealing or bullying are regarded as exemplary ways to behave? I am not an authority on these matters, but I like to think that people everywhere are aware that their communities are unlikely to thrive if these ways of doing things are not somehow frowned upon.

In the realm of leadership, the role models for best practice tend to associate responsibility with notions of service. In other words, leaders are given responsibilities to make choices and decisions for the greater good of those who they lead.

This is not to suggest that every leader is perfect, even in cultures where accountability to each and every stakeholder is upheld as a way of life. Standards are set to be adhered to and maintained, through checks and balances that are embedded in political systems.

Perhaps there would be less disenchantment with politicians around the world, if more of them would be willing to be open and transparent with their communities about their imperfections. In the information age, it is more difficult than ever before to hide behind images or masks as a public servant.