My Personal Mentor and Manager
Ideally, leadership is the cornerstone upon which the society is modelled. This is because it has an impact on how the entire subjects conduct themselves. Importantly, the type of leadership exhibited has a direct correlation to how the general population will carry themselves. Notably, ethical leaders are more poised to translate their ethical values onto their subjects. Similarly, a largely unethical society may to a large extent be as a result of unethical leadership. Essentially, the type of leadership exercised portrays what the leader in question values most. For instance, a leader who is trustworthy on a personal level is likely to advocate for the same to his subjects.
Select a Leader who you Feel has Exhibited Exemplary Ethical Conduct and Discuss at Least Two Ethical Traits That the Leader Demonstrated. Explain How the Leader Exhibited Ethical Conduct
Basically, my mentor is Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. Notably, he was the first prime minister of Singapore and he oversaw the amazing transformation of Singapore from a third world to a first world economy (Yew, 2000). Noteworthy, this metamorphosis took place within a single generation. Certainly, all this was as a result of a carefully planned and executed mechanism etched firmly in Mr. Lee’s type of ethical leadership.
Ideally, Mr. Lee was courageous in his running of the affairs of the state. Basically, this is the state where one is not deterred by any form of danger or pain. Additionally, this translates to the state at which a person executes their mandate with oblivion to the consequences of their actions. Consequently, Mr. Lee was not afraid to talk straight and frank occasionally hitting where it hurts. For instance, he was in charge when Singapore got its independence from British in the year 1965. Obviously, this was no mean feat for it took lots of courage to stand up against Singapore’s colonial masters and advance his nation’s cause.
Comparatively, he did not spare any behaviour he saw unbecoming even after getting into leadership. In essence, he would ruff some feathers here and there for his frank and honest approach to issues. Notably, his regime was accused of capping on civil gains achieved by gagging the media and banning street protests. However, in defence, he attributed this to his need for political stability which would translate to increased economic progress. In retrospect, this ethical value may have offended some people during certain instances but his ability to maintain this bravery proved quite instrumental in instilling positive values to his subjects. Consequently, the transformative output can be attributed partially to this value of been strict and thorough.
Further, Lee demonstrated extreme tenacity in his leadership. Ideally, this is the ability to hold onto something for long. Essentially, leadership calls for moments of unmatched tenacity to be able to pull through situations which do not seem to be going as anticipated. Notably, Lee, he was passionate about a united Singapore and Malaysia after its independence. In fact, so dear was this notion to him that after the failed union he appeared in public shedding tears marking one of the most historic moments in the history of Singapore. Basically, the two countries failed to unite due to different ideological beliefs coupled with prevailing racial strife. Naturally, this would weigh down most leaders as they would watch their efforts being watered down. However, Lee was resilient enough and was able to forge further ahead holding firm his vision of what he envisioned of a modern Singapore.
Importantly, the ability to plan was what I can categorise as Lee’s strongest ethical value. To enumerate, planning is the process of laying the ground for activities in advance. Ideally, a nation’s blueprint is only as effective as its leadership. Basically, it took the prime minister’s excellent ability to plan for Singapore, from an idea, laid down strategies, formulated policies, and overseeing the implementation of the plans. Effectively, this culminated into the successful modern-day Singapore. Importantly, this leadership reiterates that it all starts with intention and ends in impact. However, the epitome of his planning abilities is demonstrated where he had his succession plan all figured out. Normally, most leaders end in failed leaderships as they cling to power for too long and the lack of a leadership transition plans. Notably, on 28th November 1990, Lee passed the baton over to Goh Chok Tong. Nevertheless, he remained as an adviser to the government on issues of importance for twenty-one years.
Explain Your Preferred Ethical Lens or What it Means to Have “None”
Personally, my preferred ethical lens is the results lens. Basically, this embodies maximising of satisfaction, being effective, loyalty, avoiding conflict of interest, and making responsible choices. Specifically, the analytical tool of reason and authority comes in handy. Ideally, this is the situation where extensive thought is accorded to a particular problem and researched thoroughly. Further, varied solutions are identified and the best among the many is put forward. Importantly, this aims at putting a solution to the community’s problems by ensuring that the vulnerable segments of the society are not disadvantaged.
On the other hand, having no ethical lens is the type of leadership whose response cannot fall into any particular category. In essence, this leadership may collect bits and pieces from several ethical lenses but in an unstructured manner. For instance, some leaders may respond to situations by being autonomous, acting rationally, equity, and exercising utmost sensibility. From the foregoing, it becomes very vague as no particular lens is adhered to. As a result, there is no particular ethical lens.
Analyze Whether You Have the Same Preferred Lens in Different Settings
Ideally, I find myself with different lens depending on the setting at hand. For instance, while performing my duties at the workplace, I find myself more inclined to the results lens. Basically, I find this lens having an increased positive value in the discharge of my duties. Contrary, I prefer the relationship lens when it comes to dealing in my personal and family setting. Essentially, this is important for the fair treatment and avoiding bullying. Consequently, my social setting dictates the responsibility where transparency, privacy, and free speech take preference.
Describe One of the Following: Your Blind Spot, Risk, Temptation, or Vice
Noteworthy, my risk is that having the desire to be on top of my projects, I tend to subconsciously impose my ideas on others. Regretfully, I find myself criticizing unnecessarily those not in line with my thinking. Under these circumstances, being just may not be achieved.
Discuss at Least Three Steps you Will Take to Mitigate Your Blind Spot, Risks, Temptations, or Vices in Order to Make Better Ethical Decisions in the Future
Essentially, it is very important that I do away with the risk highlighted above. Consequently, I intend to mitigate the risk by first cultivating an even deeper relationship with my colleagues. Basically, this will provide a relaxed avenue for ideas exchange through which I may try to bring them in on my point of view. Additionally, I will broaden up my spectrum of expected outcomes to give me the required mobility to accommodate other’s perspectives. Finally, I will make a conscious decision to be slow to offer criticism as it may not be necessary at all.
Explain Your Core Values and Classical Virtues From the ELI
Ideally, the core values revolve are autonomy, equality, and rationality. Specifically, autonomy is the state of being free from any external pressures. Simply put, autonomy is being in self-control. (Siccone, 2011) On the other hand, equality encompasses fairness and justices in the administration and execution of matters. Similarly, rationality is the level of indebtedness in terms of loyalty and faithfulness of an individual to another.
Further, the classical virtues include temperance and justice. Basically, temperance is the ability to be self-controlled in both action and speech. Additionally, justice is the ability to be impartial and fair.
Discuss how you Plan to Use the Ethical Lenses to Approach Ethical Situations Throughout Your Professional Life
Essentially, the ethical lenses have provided great insights on how I should approach issues and situations in my day-to-day doings. To start with, I realise in any profession, it is very paramount to maintain a good reputation. As such, I will strictly abide by the reputation lens factoring what I wish to be a role model (Staratt, 2004). Additionally, I will work tirelessly to fit in the results lens where I will be able to forecast what results will be most beneficial to the society. Importantly, I will be cognizant of the consequences and backlash which I may face along the way. Furthermore, the rights/responsibility lens has been instrumental in helping me understand what exactly it is that I am supposed to do and questioning my reason as to doing it. Finally, I will endeavour to be fair in giving equal opportunity to everyone else as envisaged by the relationship lens.
Identify an Ethical Dilemma in a Business Setting
I see an ethical dilemma in the banking sector between two employees. Notably, one is the manager and is a direct supervisor of all the employees. Additionally, the department is Information Technology. Now, the I.T manager approaches the system administrator and informs him of the previous day’s board resolution to forward all unclaimed assets to the Federal Bank by the end of the following day. Notably, the manager informs that he has a $20,000 outstanding mortgage which he wishes to clear and the opportunity has present itself as they will just collect the cash before it is wired to the Federal Bank. In return, he promises an instant promotion and a $10,000 cash reward (from the same unclaimed account) if he agrees to compromise the system. The system administrator’s mother is in palliative care and the family is already in over $10,000 in debt.
Discuss the Context of the Identified Dilemma
Notably, the system administrator faces an ethical dilemma on whether to partner with his boss. In essence, this transaction will guarantee a promotion and the $10,000 will go a long way to ease the financial burden on the family. On the other hand, denying the boss the opportunity to have his way will potentially lead to a strained relationship between them and a possible malicious dismissal from the job.
Evaluate at Least Two Potential Solutions to the Dilemma
To start with, the employee can try to talk the manager out of it and if he refuses, he may just disagree. Additionally, he may even follow it up with the senior level management. On the other hand, he may simply agree to his boss’ game and easily solve the dilemma.
Recommend Which Solution From Part C3 you Would Implement
Notably, I would implement the first strategy of talking my boss out of it and following it up with the senior level management if he defied my advice.
Discuss the Ethical Lens Reflected by the Recommended Solution
Ideally, the ethical lens where my solution lies is in the results lens. Specifically, by so doing, this recommendation avoids conflict of interest by enforcing on the need for being loyal to the employer. Noteworthy, stealing from an employer does not constitute being effective which is firmly emphasised by this ethical lens. To cap it all, the results ethical lens insists on the making of responsible choices (Rebore, 2013)
Reflect on the Ethics of Your Decision
Primarily, by refusing to tag along with his manager the system administrator sets clear what he is capable of doing and sets boundaries on lengths to which he cannot cross. In fact, by the virtue of him refusing the advances in the first place, it will cause the manager to subconsciously reflect on his actions as well. Importantly, this action would form as a benchmark for the system administrators as he may be his/her junior and may get similar requests from people demanding similar favours. Therefore, if he refuses the first advance he would most likely refuse similar offers. Consequently, if he agreed to let the boss have his way, it would be very hard in the future to say no to similar advances thrown at him.
Further, my decision to following up with the senior level management is etched in the understanding that not all persons may be ethical in business environments. Therefore, this particular employee may say no but the manager might approach another one who may say yes. Importantly, institutions should be made aware of rogue employees as they are not only a threat to the bank but also to the fellow employees.
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Yew, L.K. (2000). From Third World to First: The Singapore Story – 1965-2000 (1st Ed.). New York, NY: Harper Collins.