I’ve been grappling with this concept as it applies to me and I can’t help but look at others when reflecting on CONSCIENTIOUSNESS. Is there such a thing as being “overly conscientiousness”? What’s the relationship between good character and conscientiousness? Are some people conscientious in areas we don’t often see? Should these areas be weighted (with conscientiousness for family dealings higher or lower than conscientiousness for work dealings)? Can they even be separated?
The Free Dictionary defines conscientiousness as: “involving or taking great care; painstaking; diligent” and identifies scrupulous, high-principled and moral as synonyms. Is this a case of you either are or you aren’t or is the case of varying degrees?
Having clearly defined roles, responsibilities and expectations helps people be conscientiousness. When there’s a lack of clarity it’s almost impossible to judge if an individual really is conscientious or not.
I recognize, at the end of the day, we must be able to say that the choices and decisions we made are ones we can live with (and not keep us up at night). Leadership requires more responsibility than just going with the flow. Sometimes (perhaps even, often,) we make decisions that don’t sit well with others. For me, the guideline is, are others upset by a decision because it makes them individually uncomfortable or because it is an untrustworthy, irresponsible, disrespectful, unfair or uncaring decision as it impacts the greater community. Here, again, balance is the key – difficult as it is!