Honor and Character
Government of the United States of America - United States Merchant Marine Academy
August 5, 2010
Journal of Character & Leadership Integration (JCLI), Vol. 1, No. 2, 2010
In this paper, I argue for the enduring relevance and coherence of the idea of honor by referring to its dialectical historical development and signs of survival in contemporary culture. I then discuss how codes of honor at military academies can be utilized as a part of leader development, and not merely as sets of rules to prevent cadets and midshipmen from lying, cheating, and stealing. A consideration of honor encourages pride in the profession of arms, since it is a form of ethical practice whose roots are martial. Honor, I contend, should be taught across the academy in all of its historical and ethical richness, as a means of developing the habits of trust, trustworthiness, and accountability that are vital in officers and leaders.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 11working papers series
Date posted: August 5, 2010 ; Last revised: September 14, 2010
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