How better to improve governance than to follow a simple commandment of Jesus, starting this Easter Sunday. All the commandments of Jesus like; You shall not commit adultery, you shall not kill, you shall not steal, you shall not covet, and so on, are summed up in this single command: You must love your neighbour as yourself.
Jesus told a story to demonstrate this; “A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who both stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. By chance a certain priest was going down that way. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side. In the same way a Levite also, when he came to the place, and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he travelled, came where he was. When he saw him, he was moved with compassion, came to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. He set him on his own animal, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, and gave them to the host, and said to him, ‘Take care of him. Whatever you spend beyond that, I will repay you when I return.’ Now which of these three do you think seemed to be a neighbour to him who fell among the robbers?” asked Jesus.
Obviously, it had to be the Samaritan who showed mercy. In the business world in governing and leading companies there are many such instances where a little compassion or love will make a big difference. As a leader providing guidance and coaching people to excel like you’d like to excel is wonderful. When people do something wrong or substandard, providing honest feedback so that they’ll improve is something you’d want for yourself. Without trying to belittle people better than you, you’d be better off using their strengths to complement your skills as a leader which would be a win-win situation for both and for all the people in the organization.
I would like to say, doing your job to the best of your ability and helping people grow is better than being charitable with misappropriated wealth. But still there may be people who will dispute the idea. Its like the difference between having knowledge and wisdom:
Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit not a vegetable.
Wisdom is knowing not to include it in a fruit salad.
With a little bit of wisdom, we could link Corporates to the Samaritan!