Do leaders have moral obligations?

Do leaders have moral obligations?

Morals- having the knowledge of what is defined as proper and improper based on experiences, teachings, and pieces of information. 

Obligation- an act or action in which you are bound to do so morally or legally. Every single person has and is born with their own personal set of morals. No human beings morals will be the same, it can come down to a simple difference about color separating two worlds apart. Morals are like a human’s natural autonomous function ie. the beating heart. 

They determine how we are displayed in others’ minds because they influence and can determine how we treat those around us. 

Morals hold us back, 

they are our decision makers,

 they make us choose between right or wrong and suffer for it.

 A moral obligation is not the same as a legal obligation. 

Legal obligations seem as though they have more power because they are a physical setback that forcibly makes you do something, but moral obligations have much more control over you than a physical setback. 

I am not able to give a yes or no answer to this question. I am unable to do so because a person’s morals define them, legal obligations are like requirements set in stone, and even with their differences they also tend to work alongside one another.

Everyone has morals, end of story.

 There is no arguing against this. Morals are a big part of our identity because ultimately they tell us what is right and wrong .

That being said not everyone has the same morals or values as another, so what I believe in and what another person believes in can be completely d  i  F f   e  r  e  n  t but neither of our values are right or wrong.

 A person’s morals can be influenced and taught, that goes for any time of their years of living.What we value and see as right and wrong determine our actions and views of the overall world and society that individual is living in/through. A moral obligation does leave you with options where you can choose whether or not to listen to your values, but it can impact you negatively and in some cases severely. Choosing to go against your morals can feel as though you are being eaten or picked away at because you have to hide or push your identity away from yourself, never mind the reason.

Legal requirements act like expectations that must be fulfilled because otherwise any other option chosen would be considered illegal ie going against society’s normal democratic function. When facing a legal requirement the repercussions are quite different in comparison to a moral obligation. You could be put into jail if you do not meet the expectation of a legal requirement, and that could damage your reputation or worse.

 A leader is most likely going to be concerned with the decisions they make but as well as how they will impact their reputation and/or status. There aren’t ways to work around a legal requirement, it is a promise that must be fulfilled or he/she will have to endure the physical and possibly unsparing punishments varying from situation to situation.

“When I made the attempt to answer this question I from the beginning found my answer seemingly falling into the grey area without a definite yes or no answer. Do leaders have moral obligations? Well of course everyone does, but must they treat it like an obligation and act with their morals? It ultimately depends on what context this question is being asked. There are hundreds of situations where a leader has to decide between listening to their morals or legal requirements and in some situations the answer is far clearer than others. A leader is chosen to be the leader because of their character and the belief they promoted of being the individual that would make good decisions that are beneficial to the public or group. Leaders and any human being cannot act healthily without their morals, they are a literal piece of your identity and voice of judgment.”

Even so that doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t act without your moral obligations, because it may not be possible to even achieve.

Being a leader your goal is to make beneficial choices that will keep the majority of the public happy, sacrificing your possible moral obligations to ease the end result / greater good??!?!? (Machiavellian thinking a little bit – think so?-but was he wrong? It depends on the context now doesn’t it. 

Good leaders aren’t always good people, they are just those who make good decisions.

An Article by Jerin Sharif April 01, 2021 / Posted June 26 2021



How have technological advancements affected Gen-Z?

You find yourself sitting in front of your TV after a long day at the office, your eyes staring at the screen set in front of you as you wait for the VCR to begin to ‘’time shift’’ the last episode of your favorite show you just happened to miss, by a mere hour. This is a scenario the majority of Baby boomers and 43% of the millennial generation would be able to reconcile. Cable Television and VCRs, these forms of entertainment/news may have been the platforms used for more than 50 years by mature generations, but a high number of generation Z have no knowledge of these terms.


 Generation Z are known as the ‘’digital Natives’’ Because they grew up shaped by technology, and the internet is an integral aspect of their daily life. Generation Z didn’t grow up sitting at the kitchen table listening to a band playing on the radio, they grew up with a smart phone in their hands as they spent their days scrolling through social media such as Instagram. What does this mean and how has this shaped our young generation of humans and future adults to our society. Before we begin to discuss that why don’t we first explain to those who may not be aware what a VCR is, and what cable Tv is. (what’s even funnier is I have never even seen a VCR prior to my research. ha-ha. But the internet verified the info so …. lets just go with it!)


Cable Television, commonly abbreviated as CATV. The system of delivering TV programming through Via Radio frequencies. The more recent cable systems opted for light pulses and fiber optic cables. Cable TV broadcasts television, (otherwise known as terrestrial television) through over-the-air signal transmission with radio waves and communication satellites. This was the standard analog television seen in the 20th century. In 1968 6.4% of Americans had CATV. There was a 7.5% increase(0.48%) in 1978. By 1994 62.4% of Americans had CATV. Near the year 2000s cable systems had begun to upgrade into digital cables. These digital cables have higher HD videos, more channels, and have provided more services. Examples of what these cable/satellite, channels/cable advanced into, are some we see today including; HBO, cartoon net, nickelodeon, PBS, and fox sports television… you get the point? Verify this from the wikipedia article we linked earlier. 

Some Questions To Note

How have these technological advancements affected our younger generation, more specifically generation Z. And What does this mean for our society as a whole and its future? 

As we know Generation Z is the generation of digital natives that have grown up with the world revolving around technology which has ultimately shaped these young beings and their minds.

and here i go:

Technology has increased connectivity with the outer world as well as increased the rates for suicide and depression, and the way people (gen-z) view themselves. A few of the core characteristics we see in generation Z include political progressivism, a normalization in diversity, and as well as being pragmatic and financially minded. These technological developments have affected the amount of affection kids need from their parents, family mealtimes are being shared and spent over a screen rather than being talked to one another.

 Generation Z is also known to be the generation with the most reported mental health problems. (will add quote later) All of this is connected to being born into the digital world. Growing up with the normalization that everyone has an iPhone, this advancement witnessed first hand for this is the first time in history . While the biggest issue generation Z has come into contact with is a global pandemic, this has only sequentially forced them deeper into the ocean of the internet.

To summarize all that has been discussed, The technological advancement of Cable TV and VCRs has impacted our youth both positively and negatively, it is still yet to be confirmed whether or not one side outweighs the other, the only way we will be able to see this plan through is to live it out. One day at a time lets keep learning and lets keep moving forward. 🙂

February 28, 2021 | Peace and love – Jerin Sharif