Personally, I hold numerous values essential, most notably respect, responsibility, and honesty. These values routinely affect my decision-making in my personal life. I believe individuals must live by the golden rule, "treat others as you want them to treat you" (Luke, p. 6:31). I incorporate this simple advice into all decisions I make both personally and professionally. By asking myself such a simple question, I am able to make a better decision because using the golden rule ensures that I show respect for myself and others in my decisions.
The value of responsibility heavily influences my decision-making process as a husband. In addition to being responsible for my actions, I am also responsible for my family. Making an irresponsible decision can damage the trust that is the basis of my marriage. In my job as an Army officer I must make responsible decisions. I have a responsibility to my nation, soldiers, and their families to make good decisions. Flawed, irresponsible decisions in my profession could cause death, harm, or an international incident. Being a responsible leader leads to trust, honor, and loyalty within an organization, values that are consistent with and essential for military service (Fritzsche, 1995).
The value of honesty
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