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The Foundations of Morale

  • 1. Spiritual
  • a) There must be a great and noble object.
  • b) Its achievement must be vital.
  • c) The method of achievement must be active.
  • d) Each person must feel that what she is and what he does matters directly towards the attainment of the object.
  • 2. Intellectual
  • a) People must be convinced that the object can be attained; that it is not out of reach.
  • b) People must see, too, that the organization to which they belong and which is striving to attain the object is an efficient one.
  • c) People must have confidence in their leaders and know that whatever dangers and hardships they are called upon to suffer, their life will not be lightly flung away.
  • 3. Material
  • a) Each person must feel that they will get a fair deal from their leaders and from their organization generally.
  • b) Each person must, as far as humanly possible, be given the best means and equipment for the task.
  • c) Each person’s living conditions must be made as good as they can be.

Slim, Defeat Into Victory, pp2o8-9

Humanitarian leaders as ethical leaders need to focus hard on the morale of their teams. People in humanitarian agencies need to feel inspired, motivated and supported. Their gaze should be set above internal feuding and personality clashes to the higher goal of saving and protecting human life.

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