Consider the following scenarios: A team leader takes credit for all of the work completed by team members. An employee uses company equipment for a personal project. A student paraphrases work from an online resource and neglects to cite the source. A family member promises to keep a secret to help a friend even though it may harm others. For each of these scenarios, think about whether the behavior is acceptable or unacceptable. This week, you explore how values and ethics drive behaviors of individuals, leaders, followers, and organizations. You examine how organizational codes of ethics influence leadership. You also assess your own values and morals and analyze their roles in leadership.
By the end of this week, you should be able to:
Apply ethical principles and standards to leadership
Analyze the role and impact of ethics in leadership
Apply Kohlberg's theory of moral development to ethical dilemmas
Identify and apply ethics and values to leadership
Please proceed to the Learning Resources.
Please read and view (where applicable) the following Learning Resources before you complete this week's assignments.
Course Text:Manning, G., & Curtis, K. (2015). The art of leadership (5th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.
Article: American Psychological Association. (2002). APA ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspxChapter 6, "Leadership Ethics"
Chapter 7, "The Role of Values and Ethics at Work"
With these Learning Resources in mind, please proceed to the Discussion.
Discussion - Week 3COLLAPSE
Ethics in Psychology and LeadershipAccording to your text, "...ethics is the branch of philosophy concerned with the intent, means, and consequences of moral behavior" (Manning & Curtis, 2009, p. 92). Leadership beliefs and behaviors often are guided by ethics. Since ethics vary from person to person, many organizations put forth ethical recommendations in order to guide consistent behavior. Because you are studying psychology, it is valuable to consider the ethical guidance that the American Psychological Association (APA) provides for its members. The APA recommends both ethical principles and ethical standards. Their "Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct" encourages psychologists to adhere to five ethical principles, and are designed to inspire psychologists to strive for the highest ideals in their field. This same document suggests 10 ethical standards which recommend specific rules of conduct. While the principles and standards are designed for the practice of psychology, they also are relevant to leadership in any field.To prepare for this Discussion:
Review Chapter 7 in your course text, The Art of Leadership. Pay particular attention to the link between leaders and ethics.
Review the APA's "Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct." Pay close attention to the ethical principles and standards.
Choose one ethical principle and one ethical standard from the APA's "Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct" to use for this Discussion. Think about how each applies to leadership.
With these thoughts in mind:Post by Day 4 one ethical principle from the APA's "Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct" that applies to the concept and/or practice of leadership. Explain how and why the ethical principle applies. Then post one ethical standard from the APA's "Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct" that applies to the concept and/or practice of leadership. Explain how and why the ethical standard applies. Finally, explain the role you think ethics plays in leadership and why.Note: Include the principle and standard that you selected in the first line of your post. You will be asked to respond to a colleague who chose a different principle and standard from either of the two you chose. Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the LearningResources.