Academic curriculum is constantly updated to meet the increasing demands of a changing knowledge society. Yet we pay far less attention to the habits that build ethical leaders. According to Warren Buffet, “In looking for people to hire, look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence and energy. If they do not have the first one, the other two will kill you.”
Cheating, misconduct, deception and other forms of unethical behaviour are widespread today, from sports to business and many other arenas. The risk of temptation is most prevalent when we live our lives hovering between honesty and dishonesty. These forms of unethical behaviour are often the results of people giving in to the temptation to cheat when confronted with the opportunity to do so.
Our team at SENTRAL College Penang recognizes that students will become the leaders of tomorrow. As we seek to prepare young people with skills for career success, it is equally important to instil values such as honesty and integrity in them to ensure they become responsible citizens.
Our college set up an honesty counter for five days, between 2-8/8/16. The counter was stocked with snacks and beverages and it was completely self-managed. In those few days, it was visited by enthusiastic, curious (and some hungry) students.
On the whole, it is fair to conclude that most of our students and staff are honest people
Although our short project has ended, the value has been imprinted on our students. We hope our students will understand that in taking their decision to live their live honestly, their life becomes enriched as a result, and they will gain respect and trust from others.