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Bosses who demand personal loyalty from their subordinates

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The usual reason a boss demands loyalty to him (or her) personally, rather than to (say) the Constitution or the company, or the ethics of one’s profession is because the boss wants to know if s/he does something wrong, whether you will help cover it up. The boss foresees that there may be a conflict between what s/he wants and what the law, regulations, ethics, standards, etc., require, and s/he wants your commitment that you will let those go in favor of the boss.

Loyalty is good or bad, depending on what you’re loyal to. When Donald Trump asked for James Comey’s loyalty, it seems pretty obvious that Trump was in effect asking Comey to shut down the Russia investigation: loyalty to Trump above loyalty to law.

However, it’s worth noting that conservatives value loyalty as a primary virtue, whereas liberals value fairness and reciprocity as the primary virtues. More here: Conservatives VS. Liberals.

Written by LeisureGuy

13 May 2017 at 10:17 am

Posted in Politics

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