Essay on Personal Values and Ethical Foundations

1112 Words Aug 9th, 2006 5 Pages
Personal Values and Ethical Foundations How does one's personal, organizational and cultural values affect decision-making in one's personal and professional life? Can a correlation be made to support this conceptually? Can specific interactions reflect the perspectives identified? These are all questions that lead to the formulation of personal values and setting an ethical foundation in a person's life. People today in and outside of businesses are fairly liberal in choosing what they will and what they will not believe in. Once a particular concept of a value gets engrained in their belief system, it will stick with them. The principal rule of that value will follow those persons throughout their lives. It will …show more content…
As the global economy continues to grow, we are finding that the choices to understand and know what is right and what is wrong are broadening due to the evolvement of various social factors and cultural differences. In turn, we are finding that our attitudes and perspectives in our professional roles are being challenged to a greater degree. For example, just this week, my manager reneged on a process that she had previously agreed with, just because one of her manager friends did not want to give a negative answer to this particular office. Although there is a code of ethics, it is this type of behavior that grays the policies and procedures. Unless leaders keep their standards high and render the appropriate guidance when known, we will continue to see deterioration in the ethical morality of the American business community. Leaders have to be guided by their personal ethics in order to have the confidence necessary to deal with people in the right manner and enable a drive in those individuals that will make them more effective; this will give them a sense of gratification in the results achieved as they would have met their job accountabilites (Fotis, 1996, p46). Managers must learn to adjust and readjust. When managers are fair towards their subordinates, deal with their people equitably, and help them to grow, they can be more efficient and productive in their jobs

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