Brighton Leadership Group

Share on linkedin
Share on facebook
Share on twitter

Shades of Gray

As you grew up you probably learned that some behavior was “good or right” and other behavior was “bad or wrong.” You were molded by someone else’s framework for ethical decisions. Have you ever reflected on your own framework for making decisions of right versus wrong?
The time to construct your framework for decision making is before you are faced with an ethical dilemma. Consciously choosing the principles that will govern the appropriate conduct for you in advance ensures a more rapid decision with less angst or regret. To create your ethical decision making model there are two steps:

  1. Define your personal values which serve as the basis for your ethics. The Institute for Global Ethics has done a lot of research and found that common global values include honesty, respect, responsibility, compassion and fairness. What are your values?
  2. Intentionally create your framework for making an ethical decision based upon the values you outlined. Some of the “tests” you could subject your decision to include:
  • Law – is it legal or not? The law says that insider trading is wrong. Whether or not other people are doing it, trading insider information is still wrong.
  • Gut – how do you feel inside about the decision? Usually there is an intuitive reaction in your gut. Did Bernie Madoff really feel good about stealing pensions or squandering people’s life savings?
  • Front Page – what if the result of your decision appeared on the front page or a newspaper or popular website? Would Arnold Schwarzenegger have made a different decision if he considered the headlines of the front page stories he would appear in?

Is there really right and wrong? Or, are there shades of gray where the right or wrong decision depends on variable criteria? How will you decide and will you feel good about the front page story that has your name in it?
Decide how you will decide when faced with an ethical decision.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

More Articles

change succeed

4 Tips to Succeed When Leading at the Pace of Change

Would you say the pace of change has increased, decreased or remained the same? Your perception matters and it impacts every facet of your leadership. …

Read More →
strategies of successful leaders

Strategies of Successful Leaders

Over the last few weeks we recorded a series of videos addressing leadership challenges identified by members of the group Scott mentors from the Executive’s …

Read More →
lead with purpose

3 Ways to Lead With Purpose

We are celebrating Freedom week in honor of the Rebel Leader Community launch. You are free to lead with purpose is the theme of today’s …

Read More →
A curious leader

The Case for Curious Leadership

Nothing new comes from the status quo. There is no new awareness, no problem solving, no value creation, no innovation and no adaptability without asking …

Read More →
Scroll to Top

I look forward to speaking with you

Fill in your details and I’ll get back to you.

I look forward to speaking with you

Fill in your details and I’ll get back to you.

I look forward to speaking with you

Fill in your details and I’ll get back to you.