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					Evaluating Ethical Actions

Actions can be evaluated using a
        variety of tests
       Harm Test


Do the benefits outweigh the harms,
     short term and long term?
    Reversibility Test

Would I think this was a good choice if I
            traded places?
        Colleague Test

What would my professional colleagues say?
           Legality Test

   Would my choice
violate a law or policy
   of my employer?
Publicity Test

How would my choice
  look on the front
page of a newspaper?
Common Practice Test

What if everyone behaved this way?
      Wise Relative Test

 What would my wise old aunt or uncle do?
Would I want them to know what I am doing?
 The Hiding Test

Do I want others to know what I’m doing?
          “Smell” Test

Does this choice “smell” and feel right?
         And Finally,
    the Self-Respect Test

How will I feel about myself after making
               this choice?
  But all these tests promote
  decisions based on how we
   “feel” about what we do.

However, the best decision is to
“Do the right thing because it is
     the right thing to do.”
Ethical Leadership

The Importance of Ethical
  ETHICS:        Excellence 
 A Vital Step
in Achieving



Ethical Leadership

   Is the “Core”
   of all aspects
    What is Important for
     Ethical Leaders?
An effective ethical leader will…

…Create “Candor” in the
…an environment where the
employee feels safe bringing up and
resolving ethical issues.
Effective Ethical Leaders?
 An effective ethical leader will …
… Foster an environment of “Trust”
among individuals in the Workplace…
…and this trust will encourage openness
among team members without fear of
Effective Ethical Leaders?
An effective ethical leader will:

Treat everyone as intrinsically

         and not as a means to an end.
    How Do We Develop
  Ethical Leadership Skills?

To achieve “Ethical Leadership
Skills” in our profession, in both
education and industry,
   Here are a few traits that leaders
       should consider developing:
Leaders Need to Develop

 Understanding

                  ... A clear
           understanding of
         professional ethics
Leaders Need to Develop

 Communication Skills

      An ability and willingness
       to communicate ethical
Leaders Need to Develop

 Ability

   to recognize ethical issues.
Leaders Need to Develop

 Appreciation

    for the frequency at which
          ethical issues occur.
Leaders Need to Develop

 Awareness

        that guidance on ethical
   dilemmas is available from a
              variety of sources
Leaders Need to Develop

 Comprehension ...

      “Knowing What’s Right”
Leaders Need to Develop

 The Desire,
   Willingness and
      Courage …
         ...   to “Do What’s Right”
Leaders Need to Develop
  Ability
  to resolve ethical issues by using
  traditional methods of inquiry, namely:
     Listing options
        Testing the options

                 Making a decision, and
                       Most importantly, Acting !
An Interesting Thought

Professional Ethics 

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