To be a Chartered Secretary is to be a ‘high ranking professional trained to uphold the highest standards’ according to the demands of the Institute. These standards are to be effective across the board in Corporate Governance Effective operations and Compliance.
For Believers in the Son of God who happen to work in the field of operations of Chartered Secretaries these standards are no surprise as they are also the standards which have been held by some of the most revered names in the Bible and are also those to which many in these days aspire.
One of those names of old which springs readily to mind is Daniel who as a young man was taken into exile during the invasion of Israel by the forces of self styled King of Kings, Nebuchadnezzar in 605BC.
Daniel was tutored in Babylon but refused to accept the food of the Persians, in other words he refused to ingest their teachings and their ways. He and his friends stood and defied the delicacies of the Court only to eat their own vegetables and drink their own water.
Strangely enough it is only after the first year and into the second year that Daniel was used to interpret the first disturbed dream of Nebuchadnezzar which is precisely the time limit imposed on Secretaries before they can be given the description ‘fit and proper person’ after being sponsored by two professionals to whom you have been known for at least one year.
Daniel was used to interpret the dream of the King which in a way qualified Secretaries have to do in their prospective roles by giving ‘Accounting Advice, Corporate Planning, Development of Strategy and Legal advice on Conflicts of Interest’, as Chartered Secretaries are a Primary Source of advice on the conduct of business.
There is much to be gleaned from the story of Daniel in Babylon which can benefit Christian Secretaries especially when you find yourself in conflict with the way of the world and its systems however if you also heed the words of the King of Kings when He said ‘Man cannot worship God and Mammon’ then your Wisdom for your employer will shine forth like the Noon day Sun.