Personal Ethics in Action
Leaders are frequently faced with complex decisions, and typically left to their own devices to make decisions with little or no practical tools. Many business ethics courses seem to be philosophical and simplistic and not very useful for real decision-making. They are based on a set of rules (don’t cheat, steal, lie etc) Unfortunately, there are many instances when situations are much more complicated.
The most complex decision making for managers arises from two seemingly equally bad or good choices.
This program will help you understand the underlying issues at stake and the likely consequences your actions may have on others. You will also develop greater self awareness and an ability to communicate more effectively when you follow your own value judgments in the face of difficult ethical situations.
Personal Ethics in Action
Thought Processes, Decision Making, and Communication
Three Problems in Business Ethics
1. You don’t know what is right: Each choice could be right
2. You know what is right, but fail to do it
3. You fail to communicate your decisions and thoughts effectively to others: The values and or ethics of a decision are misunderstood.
In response to business ethics problems, we examine the decision making process, the options each situation presents, and we work on making the best “right” decision possible. Also, we will look at the possibility of personal failures in doing the right thing and explore ways to recover, as well as what can happen when you fail to do the right thing.
Lastly, if you are communicating your decisions in a way that fails to address the higher values of the team, you are probably unintentionally promoting undesirable behaviors among the organization. So, we spend time working on communicating values to others.
Our Ethics program and modules can be customized for your specific organizational issues, culture, or strategy.
Ethics of Great Leaders: Team Discussion
At the heart of strong leadership lies the ability to build trust. There are various aspects of communication that management teams are taught, such as presentation skills, persuasion, listening, relating, adapting, etc. Most people can develop these behaviors over time or in training. Great leaders, however, communicate in a manner that fosters trust. And, most importantly, their behaviors are congruent with what they say. In other words, they live their values. They exhibit a kind of awareness, honesty, and courage that earn them the respect of others. This ability to relate to people through principled communication requires a commitment to honest reflection, responsibility, and discernment.
To test your personal ethics, take our Personal Ethics-In-Action Quiz.
What are the Common Ethical Quandaries in Leadership?
Participants use decision making models to work through real to life ethical dilemmas. View some examples from a recent course.
“Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.”
~Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
“We can do not great things - only small things with great love.”
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
“When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those who do.”
~ William Blake
“The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.”
~ Oscar Wilde
“The object of the superior man is truth.”
“A real leader faces the music even when he doesn’t like the tune.”
“Good leaders make people feel that they’re at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the organization. When that happens people feel centered and that gives their work meaning.”
~ Warren Bennis
“The leader that exercises power with honor will work from the inside out, starting with himself.”
~ Blaine Lee, The Power Principle
“To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.”
~ Andre Malraux, Man’s Hope.