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Martin Luther – A Man of Courage

Posted December 7th, 2012 by bbsadmin & filed under General Business, Motivation.

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Doing good and doing good in business should be compatible and desireable. Some good lessons from Martin Luther can help today’s businessmen.

1. Courage to do what is right regardless of possible outcomes

Martin LutherMartin Luther was a Protestant reformer who, among other things, worked on translating the Bible from Latin to German. His actions were not taken well and he was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church and was sought after to be arrested (Bio.com). He can be seen as a pioneer of religious freedom. His courage to do what he thought was right in spite of the possible outcomes is an example to all business leaders.

2. Truth

Martin Luther was not only a seeker of truth, but he sought out to make it available to others. He thought the Bible should be available to anyone who wanted to read it. This motivated him to translate it into German. This way both the priest and the common man could read for himself. Business leaders who are like Martin Luther seek truth. They make sure they are not giving misleading information about their products and services. They want the customer to be informed and make sacrifices to inform them.

3. Unselfishness to employees and customers

Martin Luther had a promising career ahead of him in church service. After his reforming actions he was excommunicated and sought out after to be arrested. This was a great act of charity in the cause of allowing others to learn truth for themselves. Business owners and leaders who follow Luther’s pattern weigh the consequences for employees and the customer before making a decision. They look for the common good and not just for the immediate increase in their own bank account.

4. Boldness in truth

One act which Martin Luther is well known for is his “Ninety-Five Theses” which he wrote because he was against “indulgences”. He nailed his “Ninety-Five Thesis” to the door of the chapel at the university where he was (Bio.com). This was one of the things that led him to his excommunication. He would not back down from his statements without scriptural backings. Business leaders like Martin Luther understand that truth is supported with boldness. When you see something that you know is unethical, it usually will not correct itself. It requires boldness to correct it. Don’t leave it to either correct itself or lie unnoticed.

5. Humility to understand

Martin Luther was bold and humble. Both these qualities are needed to make ethical decisions. He was humble enough to be bold about his beliefs. Humility allows one to be taught. It is the ability to realize that you don’t know everything. By being humble in his studies, he was able to let things sink into his understanding and found things which he thought were inconsistent which led to his bold stand. As a business leader you need to be able to listen with the understanding that you may not know everything. If you don’t listen to your customers, you may lose them by not being able to meet their needs.

Notable Quotes

“every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying”

“you are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say”

“peace if possible, truth at all costs”

Works Cited

Bio.com. Martin Luther. n.d. http://www.biography.com/people/martin-luther-9389283. 19 November 2012.

—. Martin Luther. n.d. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/martin_luther_2.html. 19 November 2012.