Personal ethics is a “person’s beliefs and presuppositions about right and wrong, good and bad, justified and unjustified” (Dictionary of World Philosophy, 2001). No two people share the same personal ethics or philosophy, as each individual’s ethical development is shaped by family influence, friends, acquaintances, school and surroundings. According to the Williams Institute Ethics Awareness Assessment, my personal ethical perspective is based on an “individual’s duty or obligation to do what is morally right” (2010). To be effective managers and leaders we have to balance our personal ethics of individuals working with us and the ethics of the organization.
Value of Personal Ethics
“Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have done unto you” (Osheroff, 2009). Many people live their lives by the Golden Rule, citing it as the foundation for their ethical and moral behavior. I truly believe we should conduct our lives by how we want to be treated. Why do we expect everyone around us to treat us fairly, but we not do the same in return? Our values and ethics stem from the environment we live in, and it is constantly changed by the individuals we encounter and our surroundings.
Williams Institute Ethics Awareness Assessment The assessment identified my tendencies to look at the intent behind the actions, rather than focusing on the results. By focusing on results, we begin to dehumanize the human and see them as a means to an end. The obligation ethical perspective bases principles on what rational persons ought to do under any circumstances. (Williams Institute, 2006). The assessment allowed me to reflect on how I see the world and how I can apply my perspective to everyday decisions. I must ask myself on a daily basis how my actions and decisions affect others around me. It is important to know that I can’t possibly make decisions that will be the best for everyone, but I can “hope for an understanding of the