Are you afraid to do the right thing?
If so, you're not alone.
There are many people, in fact, most who are.
That's why we revere courage so greatly - there's little of it around.
Why do you think that is?
Is it self-preservation? Is it fear of retaliation? Is it not knowing what is right and what is wrong? Is it "I don't care. I want what I want"?
Non-Profit Board Member
When working with a non-profit as a board member as it is in business, not doing the right thing may have dire consequences as we have seen so often lately with Lehman Brothers, Andersen, Enron and a host of others. Most consequences are not so large as to hit the news and people being jailed for it, but many non-profits have been destroyed by it.
On a board, it's not about the individual. It's about the people who are being served by the philanthropic services provided to those in need.
Not doing the right thing in a non-profit means that people and animals go without - without medical help, without food, without shelter, without rescue and without, perhaps, a dream.
Accountability Means Courage
Accountability means forgetting about yourself and concentrating on the cause - what's the point of the organization's existence? Ask yourself: How may my action or inaction hurt or help that the cause?
It's a very deep issue and one that is easily forgotten in the "ego politics" which often ensue in a group of strangers trying to pull it together for the common good. They forget the common good.