Concluding Thought and References for Series on Developing Human Resources through Acutuallizing Human Potential

Developing human resources is an intellectual, emotional and moral endeavor. Mind, heart and will, as well as truth, love and just have subjective and objective, as well as individual and collective aspects that all need to be considered for a holistic understanding. Utilizing our minds, hearts and wills in pursuit of truth, love and justice, is a powerful contributor to human resource development. These capacities enable and encourage individuals to be capable, conscious and conscientious developers of themselves and their communities. If we fail to address the mind, heart and will and to develop each faculty fully, we will not develop the goals, values and actions essential to making a whole, healthy and balanced person, organization and society. Their development leads to a healthy self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-reliance that can counteract the egotism, narcissism and selfishness that is endemic in modern society.

This is a complex, difficult and lifelong process involving the emotional abilities to perceive, use, understand and manage emotions (Mayer and Salovey, 1997), and of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management (Goleman, 1998). The moral intelligence capacities of integrity, responsibility, forgiveness and compassion (Lennick and Kiel, 2005) and empathy, conscience, self-control, respect, kindness, tolerance and fairness (Borba, 2001), along with the spiritual qualities of critical existential thinking, personal meaning production, transcendental awareness and conscious state expansion (King & DeCicco, 2009), are important for development. As we attend to these so that human potential and motivation are released, happiness, honor, well-being and security will grow. We currently suffer from a lack and imbalance of these qualities.

Our minds, hearts and wills are challenged by our aggressive and alluring materialistic, consumer-driven and narcissistic culture that has corrupted these faculties and their powers. As we consecrate ourselves in service to the greater good utilizing the creative powers of our natures through the application of truth, love and justice, we develop our human resource and release our potential. It requires the exercise of our minds, hearts and wills, and develops integrity, prosperity and healthy authenticity, altruism and autonomy. As we strive for excellence in the humble spirit of service, physical, psychological and spiritual well-being will follow for the individual, and the communities and institutions of which they are a part.


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Dr. Rodney H Clarken is professor emeritus, School of Education, Northern Michigan University.
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