Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Cost of Cover-Up

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In America we have suffered through more than enough political cover-ups. The White House has often appeared to the public to be a sullied grayish color. And yet, cover-ups are not limited to politics, the intellectual or the wealthy. Cover-ups continue to be a common practice because people feel the weight of guilt and try to mask over the nature of their actions. Like the idiot lights on the dashboards of our car the warning pains of conscience are often ignored. Maybe you like others have taken a piece of electrical tape and covered up the light so it would not be so annoying. The conscience is like the red warning light on the dashboard of the car. You can either stop and deal with the trouble, or cover up the light. Ignoring the warnings of conscience leads to inappropriate actions which in turn bring the increase of pain from guilt. Coco Chanel a French Fashion designer understood the dynamic of guilt when he said, “Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death.”

 A leader is often placed in situations of ethical and moral choice. To ignore the warnings of conscience at times may seem to be the most lucrative and pleasant route to take. In the end, however, the leader will be faced with the need for "cover-up" or admission of guilt with its consequences. Cover-up is seldom a choice that has lasting affect. At some point the leader must "face the music." Thus, every leader would be wise to take the high road. Best practices, good moral choices, good moral behavior and unreprachable ethics always pay high dividends in the end. By Dr. Gayle Woods