As a leader, you have to not only do the right thing, but be perceived to be doing the right thing.
A consequence of seeking a leadership position is being put under intense public scrutiny, being held to high standards, and enhancing a reputation that is constantly under threat.
—Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Andrew Ward (Firing Back)
Salutation of the dawn
अद्य भावय सुदिनम्!
Look to this Day!
जीवभूतः काल एषः । प्राणस्य प्राणः ।
For it is Life, the very Life of Life.
अस्मिन् स्वल्पकाले सत्यमये तव सतः सत्यं तिष्ठति
In its brief course lie all the
Verities and Realities of your Existence;
The Bliss of Growth,
The Glory of Action,
The Splendor of Beauty;
ह्यस्तु स्वप्नः ।
For Yesterday is but a Dream,
श्वस्तु आभासः ।
And Tomorrow is only a Vision;
कर्मकुशलतया आचरिते अद्य
But Today well lived makes every
गतदिनानि आनन्दस्वप्नमयानि भवन्ति ।
Yesterday a Dream of Happiness, and every
भाविदिनानि आशाप्रभया ज्वलन्ति ।
Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.
अतः सुदिनं अद्य सम्यक् भावय!
Look well therefore to this Day!
Such is the Salutation of the Dawn.
The time is always right to do what is right.
-Martin Luther King Jr.
Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
The greatest patriotism is to tell your country when it is behaving dishonorably, foolishly, viciously.
―Julian Barnes, Flaubert’s Parrot
In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics, he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.
Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
You must not only aim right, but draw the bow with all your might.
Henry David Thoreau