Creating A Habit Of Choosing The Harder Right Over The Easier Wrong

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Principle Two: Creating a habit of choosing the harder right over the easier wrong Cognitive studies show that, depending on the variability of the task, it takes on average twenty-one days to create a habit (Freedhom, 2013). The daily habits that leaders develop—whether they are positive or negative—will control their actions upon times of adversity. This leadership tenet is derived from the framework of one of my most cherished values, and one of the seven Army values: integrity. The Army defines integrity as doing what is right legally and morally through the adherence to moral principles (ARMY.MIL). Creating the habit of doing the correct legal and moral action is essential to leading others because as a leader, one will be the moral…show more content…
As the Training NCO for my company responsible for drill personnel accountability, I was faced with the dilemma of one of my peers skipping practice. When I asked this person where he was, I was given one answer, but when I asked this individual’s cadet platoon sergeant where he was, I received another answer. Due to this individual’s record of behavior, I was almost certain that he had just lied to me about his actual whereabouts. To make it even tougher, this individual was an acquaintance of mine. I could have pushed the situation under the rug and avoided having to deal with the potential honor case, but deep feeling in my gut reminded me that my integrity was more important that my choosing the easier wrong out of this situation. I approached this person and his platoon sergeant for clarification, and discovered that the un-matching answers were due to a failed text message between the two individuals. The “culprit” did actually tell his platoon sergeant of his whereabouts, but the platoon sergeant never got the information. In the end, I was happy that my assumption was indeed a misconception, but I was also pleased that my integrity was intact during this moral dilemma. I was pleased that I had the courage to confront a peer about a potentially very problematic situation and refuse to give in to toleration. Taking action in situations such as these is prominent in keeping our
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