Below is a useful, brief exploration of the significance of loyalty in business settings. Loyalty is quite possibly the first value of all organizations. After all, without loyalty to the organization, you don’t have a team, and without a team why have an organization at all? But Asghar rightly points out that loyalty also brings dangers. Loyalty, he argues, should be to principles not people.
LINK: Loyalty Isn’t A Virtue, It’s The Enemy Of Workplace Ethics (by Rob Asghar for Forbes)
Loyalty is not a virtue, even though it feels like the indispensable virtue. And the loyal person is not a saint, even though she feels like the chief of saints.
Technically, loyalty is neither virtue nor vice. It’s simply a tendency, a temperament, a compulsion. But in practice, it fuels the worst movements and developments in human history, as well as much of the rot within ordinary offices today.
Loyalty is what allows followers to not merely overlook the crimes of their leaders, but to spin them into acts of heroism. It sires the worst in our politics today. It allows leaders to overlook the worst sins of their worst followers, thus helping to turn their company or their cause into a toxic, sycophantic moral wasteland. It allows board members to tolerate or rationalize the bad behavior of their chief executive cronies….
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