Altruism, Trust, Integrity, And Professionalism

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Abstract: Altruism is a feeling and behavior that shows a desire to help other people and a lack of selfishness. Professional organizations have codified standards of conduct or ethics. The United States Army (Army) is a branch of military service and one of the nation?s professions of arms. The Army demonstrates professionalism through trustworthiness, performance of duty, and strength of character. Each of these has an established standard based on statute, regulation, or doctrinal principle. Standards may apply to the individual and/or the unit. When trained, the Army has established the task, condition, and standard. This writing builds upon current Army doctrinal considerations and focus on the development of altruistic ethics in the Army. Key Words: Altruism, trust, integrity, servant leadership, selfless, individual, corporate, professional Why Standards are Important Altruism is feeling and behavior that shows a desire to help other people and a lack of selfishness (Merriam-Webster, 2016). Correlating with Howard and Korver’s (2008) Platinum Rule, altruism is doing for others as they would have us do for them. Professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, the American Medical Association, and the Automotive Service Association have codified standards of conduct or ethics. The Army is a branch of military service and one of the nation’s profession of arms. The Army is a professional organization and demonstrates professionalism through
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