Ethical Leadership and Decision-Making Analytical Essay by Nicky

Ethical Leadership and Decision-Making
An examination of three companies' use of ethics in business.
# 149128 | 2,102 words | 4 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 25, 2011 in Business (Management) , Business (Human Resources) , Ethics (General)

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The paper looks at Yakima, the Mid-Western company and Briggs & Stratton, and their decisions in their potential moves to Mexico or other areas. The paper shows how Mid-Western had a greater interest in the ethics of business decisions, while the other two companies were much more motivated and influenced by economic factors. The paper asserts that Mid-Western's ethical and moral attitude toward its employees will most likely prove to be the most effective in the long run.

From the Paper:

"Political correctness has been removed from most academic disciplines, but it remains in ethics, and it makes the concept seem stilted and unnatural. There are so many things that cannot be said that people are afraid to speak out, lest they say something that might offend someone else. While that does keep some individuals out of trouble, others are frustrated and uncomfortable with the idea that they must be constantly vigilant against the wrong word or phrase.
"There are six basic elements that cause ethical dilemmas in business (Donaldson and Gini, 1984). Four of those apply almost exclusively to businesses, but two of them can also be easily applied to the life of an average person, and are worth being mentioned here.
The first one is the information dilemma. In the information dilemma, people try to decide how much information to give out, and what they can say to make themselves look good without actually lying. Most people use this in job interviews, first dates, and other meetings that are somewhat awkward.
"The second element is relationships with others. How you treat other people and whether you deal with them fairly is an important ethical concept. Unfortunately, there are a lot of differing opinions about what is 'fair' and what is not, making this element very difficult to narrow down to specifics."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anderson, Albert A. 1999. Downsizing and the Meaning of Work. Babson College Business Ethics Program. 3 May 2002.
  • Donaldson, Thomas, and A. R. Gini. Case Studies in Business Ethics. 2nd ed. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1984.
  • Keller, Kenneth W. 2002. What does a business owe the community? 20 Dec. 2001. The Signal.
  • LaCroix, W. L. Principles for Ethics in Business. Washington: University Press of America, 1979.

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