Ethical Decisions is the act of making refers to the process of evaluating and choosing among alternatives in a manner consistent with ethical principles. In making ethical decisions, it is necessary to perceive and eliminate unethical options and select the best ethical alternative. In relation to leaders making ethical decisions, they may begin to face some challenges. Some challenges that leaders may face in making ethical decisions, is that a leader may want to do what is best for himself but also what is best for his people. This can cause difficulty when you want to stay true to your own values but also make the right choices for your community. This also comes in difficulty if the leader has different moral dilemmas. A moral dilemma is a situation in which there is a choice to be made between two options, in a leader’s case, it is between doing the right for yourself for the others other you. Although, as a leader you have a moral set of values that you must achieve to stay that type of leader. A leader is a person who leads or commands a group, organization or country. In Andrea Walker – Leidy’s words leadership is; “the ability to see a problem and be the solution. So many people are willing to talk about problems or even empathize, but not many can see the problem as a challenge and want to drive toward it. That is what causes people to want to follow, and a true leader has a following.”
Leaders regularly face challenges when it comes to trying to make the ‘right’ decision. Age, culture, and the way someone grew up all came into play when leaders or simply everyday people are trying to make what they believe is the ‘right’ decision from the ‘wrong’. A leader may treat one person differently to another due to the gaps in their age. A leader may also make different decisions, what they believe is the right decision to people who are used to a different culture. If a group of adults got together from Brazil to go to church and have a religious night out the leader may change the way they lead and go with them because that is what many people value in Brazil. The leader would have to make what they believe is the right decision at that moment, to either go with them to respect the culture and their religion or back down and say no.
Every single person has different life values and it’s important to know what personal values we want to achieve in our lives whether it is in relation to education, work, or simply ourselves and other people. We all want to be able to work more on our strengths but also our weaknesses. Each and every one of us want different things. We all want to have freedom and flexibility, to make and set priorities for ourselves, and to decide values for ourselves that we believe is important. Every leader has their own set values, values for themselves and sometimes for others. Every leader wants to be brave, to have the strength, and to maybe even be a hero to others. But every leader has a different strength and weakness in making decisions, specifically ethical decisions. For example, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,
she values children and their learning experience at school. She has the urge to make sure that teachers are building each and every child as an ideal citizen of the country through instilling ethics and values into their minds and hearts. She believes that; “it is your teacher’s duty to impart the knowledge of good and bad, justice and injustice, and brotherhood to students and thus build such a generation which would be fit for leading the country towards greater prosperity.” The prime minister of Bangladesh also mentioned that she would call upon all to take initiatives so that Bangladesh could be declared an illiteracy-free country soon. The literacy rate in Bangladesh is about 61.5% for all and 64.6% for male. The global literacy rate for all people aged 15 and above is 86.3%. While the global literacy rate for men is 90.0% and for females it’s 82.7%. As the Prime Minister of Bangladesh in 2009, Sheikh Hasina goals and values was to make sure every teacher was teaching to their fullest and making sure each and every child had the best and right education. As the leader of a country, Sheikh Hasina believed that her views and her decisions were the right ones. Not only was she so focused on what best for herself but also what’s best to empower the people that are looking up to her, hoping she’ll make the best and right decisions.
To the prime minister of Bangladesh, she had a passion for education and making sure that each child is improving in their education. Not only did she remain true to her own values, she still made sure to make the right choices for her community. As a leader, that is how she as a prime minister worked and that’s how she dealt with solving decisions and making choices. Other leaders, may have a more difficult time making decisions, preferably the ‘right’ decision. They’re too involved in themselves and only want what they believe is the best for them and other people without actually listening to other people. Good leaders are the ones that try to face and solve ethical decisions making sure that not only they are true to their own values but others are in agreement with those decisions. Good leaders are the ones that listen to others and give the people the freedom and flexibility to be who they want to be, learn what they want, create what they want and speak what they want. A good team leader is a leader that shows respect and love to all.
A leader in relation with followers understands that people differ and are all different. Each and every person has different beliefs, religions, views, and perspectives. A leader who manages followers and strengths and weaknesses are able to be humble with progress. Lastly, a leader who gives credit to others can do what it takes to get the job done without damaging others and their views. Leaders all come in different types, each and every one of us is different, and we all have different values. Whether that is our education like the prime minister of Bangladesh idolized in children or our family. We all have different values that affect the way we make our own ethical decisions.