U01: Ethical or Unethical decision

At the end of the year, in some organizations, each leader choose the best member of their team and promote them to upper level of teams. they choose members according to their performance, achievements, timeline of the year, other employee’s feedback and in general, number of the points that they gain in a year. In the organization that I work, at the end of 2018, they chose best members and released the list at the office. they chose a person of my group that most the members know she is not good enough for this position. most of the time me and other members saw her to came to office late and add earlier time on her time sheet and two of us reported her to the manager because it was more than a couple of times and she came late almost everyday.

“Ethical leadership revolves around a leader’s decisions that get enacted in a given organization — in particular, those decisions that impact others and the organization that the leader provides guidance for. The values and morals of the leader influence the vision of the organization as well as the behavior of those that work with and for the leader” (PSU,2019). According to this definition, it is shows that leaders have an important responsibilities to make decisions based on accurate facts. where this decisions come from?

Leadership is a process which means that leaders have interaction with followers and according to that they make decision. it means it is not just about the leaders. each members of a team (leaders, managers, supervisors and members) has influence on leaders decisions.

Referring to ethic definition, “Ethics is concerned with the kinds of values and morals an individual or society finds desirable or appropriate” (Northouse, 2015, p. 330). Additionally, ethics involves the virtue and motives of those individuals and societies (Northouse, 2015).

in general, this leader made his decision based on a wrong facts. he knew about that member’s daily late and still chose her as the best member. making decision at work in based on two aspects. one of them is the fact that “what is better for me?” and another one is “what is better for the members and organization?”

In some cases, leaders make decision based on the first question because it would be better for them. but the thing is the best answer is the one which includes all the members and leaders and in general, the organization.




Northouse, P. G. (2015). Leadership: Theory and practice. Los Angeles: Sage Publications.

PSU. (2019). L01 Ethics Defined. Retrieved from https://psu.instructure.com/courses/1963919/pages/l01-ethics-defined?module_item_id=25808365

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