IMPORTANCE OF NATURE AND NURTURE IN PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT

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What is most interesting to my mind is the fact that what Thucydides said more than 3000 years ago has been recently confirmed empirically by Jim Collins in his article in Harvard Business Review of July-August 2005 issue . Based on 1,435 companies in Fortune 500 from 1965 to 1995 and more than 6,000 articles, his team started the research in 1996 to answer only one question. Can a good company become a great company, if so how? After setting his strict criteria, only 11 of the 1,435 companies passed the test. All these 11 companies show one common answer. They have to have a Level 5 Leader in whom genuine personal humility blends with intense professional will. If we match “justice” and “power” of Thucydides with “personal humility” and “professional will” of Jim Collins, respectively, I do not think they are far apart. Indeed, they match very well.

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THE ROLE OF ETHICS IN TOWERING PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT1ByProfessor Datuk Dr. Syed Othman AlhabshiINCEIFsoalhabshi@gmail.comINTRODUCTIONThose who really deserve praise are the people who, while human enough to enjoy power nevertheless pay more attention to justice than they are compelled to do by their situation.-- ThucydidesWhat Thucydides, the Athenian aristocrat, suggested I believe summarises the most important attributes of a towering personality. The two key words here are power and justice. He clearly pointed out that these people are human in the sense they would certainly enjoy when given power. Yet, they do not abuse the power they have, even if situations would compel them to do so. On the contrary, they go against all odds in order to give close attention to justice particularly to their followers or those who allow themselves to be led by them. The above words also imply the difficulty to consistently rule with justice when one is in power. The temptation is too great to be unjust. The main reason is because these two can be fundamentally opposing forces when other human inclinations are allowed to intervene. Of course, they also can be used to reinforce each other. What is most interesting to my mind is the fact that what Thucydides said more than 3000 years ago has been recently confirmed empirically by Jim Collins in his article in Harvard Business Review of July-August 2005 issue2. Based on 1,435 companies in Fortune 500 from 1965 to 1995 an

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