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We all make mistakes in life some
of us learn from our mistakes while
others don t. Ethics in sport---Is it
possible to achieve the full potential
of sport without protecting the
integrity of sport? Ethics and eth-
ical leadership is a front burner
issue here in Trinidad and Tobago.
There are justifiable reasons why
the topic is front of mind.
Well-managed national sport
organisations and governing bodies
and sport clubs are an essential ele-
ment to providing values-based and
principle-driven sport in T&T.
National sport organisations must
serve as a strong voice in the dialogue
regarding ethics in T&T sport and
to protect the integrity of sport.
Recently, I have been researching
the topic of ethical leadership.
Ethical theories on leadership talk
about two main things: (a) The
actions and behaviour of leaders;
and (b) the personality and character
of leaders. Some academics claim
that "ethics are an essential to lead-
According to the Web site
eadership-ethics.htm an effective
and ethical leader has the following
Dignity and respectfulness: He
or she respects others. An ethical
leader should not use their followers
as a medium to achieve personal
goals. Respecting the followers
implies listening effectively to them,
being compassionate to them, as
well as being liberal in hearing
opposing viewpoints. In short, it
implies treating the followers in a
manner that authenticate their values
Serving others: He or she serves
others. An ethical leader should place
their follower s interests ahead of
their own interests.
Justice: Fair and just. An ethical
leader must treat all followers equally.
There should be no personal bias.
Wherever some followers are treated
differently, the ground for differential
treatment should be fair, clear, and
built on morality.
Community building: Develops
community. An ethical leader con-
siders their own purpose as well as
their followers purpose, while mak-
ing efforts to achieve the goals suit-
able to both of them.
He or she is considerate to the
community interests, does not over-
look the followers intentions and
works harder for the community
Honesty: Loyal and honest. Hon-
esty is essential to be an ethical and
effective leader. Honest leaders can
be always relied upon and depended
They always earn respect of their
followers. An honest leader presents
the fact and circumstances truly and
completely, no matter how critical
and harmful the fact may be. He or
she does not misrepresent any fact.
Some may say the above repre-
sents an unattainable shopping list
of ideals that are unrealistic in the
cold light of daily existence and
human frailties. Why is it unattain-
able? Shouldn t we be striving for
the ideal? There are confusing signals
reflecting within our society .
It was Emmeline Pankhurst who
said I d rather be a rebel than a slave.
The choice may very well be a rebel
or be a slave.
Can we move forward without a
commitment to integrity, ethics and
In reaching out and spreading the
message of sport we must have
ethics and integrity as our breast-
Follow the examples of the quiet
few who refuse by their dignity and
integrity to bow to the subtle and
not so subtle demands of those indi-
viduals who are thriving for the
moment in the avalanche of cor-
The quiet courage of the incor-
ruptible will prove sufficient in the
passage of time. Those who believe
that they can draft their own rules
will be found out.
Integrity and honesty are imper-
ishable and will never go out of fash-
Is it better to be a rebel for integri-
ty and ethics than a slave to cor-
Each of us will have to find the
answer within. These days the
answer seems to be selective and
Brian Lewis is the president of
the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic
Committee (TTOC). The views
expressed are not necessarily
those of the TTOC.
Ethics critical in sport
THINGS THAT MATTER
Can we move forward without a commitment to
integrity, ethics and ethical leadership?
In reaching out and spreading the message of
sport we must have ethics and integrity as our
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