The way that we act in our day to day lives relates to how we have been brought up by our families and understanding of the culture. We tend to follow the largely accepted values that we have found in the community. For instance, the mode of dressing is influenced by the community. Some dressing methods may seem unethical for some communities and in other settings. In an office, people are expected to be formal and decent. There are some things that I also consider ethical and unethical, and these have been influenced by societal beliefs and the culture in the community I live in. Through the knowledge of my culture, I can know what is right and wrong.
Another factor that helps me determine right and wrong is conscience and personality. My personality allows me to do certain things and evade some. The way I dress and talk is influenced by my personal beliefs. Whatever is uncomfortable with me may not be uncomfortable for another person, and everyone is entitled to his or her mode of dressing. Use of vulgar language may not be appropriate for me, but for others, it’s not a concern. I am conservative on some things that not everyone considers bad.
I find some dressing codes unethical for instance those that are too revealing. I feel uncomfortable seeing some people dressed in too revealing clothes especially in occasions such as family gatherings since I feel they are a form of disrespect to the elder family members. Ladies should not wear too short and revealing clothes in churches too. In my culture, going to church with revealing clothes is disrespect to the altar. Professionally, there are also some dressing codes that I do not appreciate. When going to interviews, too short skirts or jeans are not acceptable. This is in consideration of my culture and personality.
Examples of Ethical Behaviors
Dignity; dignity is the uprightness of a person. In some cultural backgrounds, it is associated with purity. For instance, Ladies were supposed to stay untouched until marriage. This was highly appreciated in the past and some communities to date. Those who got pregnant outside wedlock were considered impure and would not find suitors in future. Professionally, dignity refers to an ability to be trusted and working in accordance with the set rules and regulations. Working with diligence is impressive, and those that are upright in everything they do may be promoted to higher positions. Managers become very impressed by these people as they know they can trust them even in higher positions
Respect; respect not only means following the rules but also relates to humility and devotion (Nucci, 2014). In our communities, respect can be associated with; dressing codes, character and use of language. Some modes of dressing may not be acceptable by older people, language used by young people may not be appropriate to people in powerful positions. Young people are supposed to show respect to their elders at all times regardless of the situation. Professionally, the employees are required to show respect to the managers. Respect in the organization ensures there is cooperation and activities are orderly. It is key for employees to abide by the rules in the organization so that performance may be heightened. Respect among employees is also important since this will ensure there is no bad blood and they cooperate in doing their duties. Cohesion among employees leads to more productivity in the organization.
Honesty; in communities, honesty is key are highly regarded. People considered, to be honest, are respected and can be trusted with matters in the community. In the selection of community elders, honest people are prioritized and given these powerful positions. In the political aspect, people select leaders that appear to be honest and trustworthy to them. Professionally, in business organizations, during the selection of leaders, there is consideration of a person’s profile. Honest people can be trusted with management and running of the company even in the absence of the senior-most managers.
Obeying the law; obedience to the law is essential and ethical. In the community, there are various accepted codes that should be adopted by everyone regardless of their position. Communities are not only guided by the set constitutional law of the whole country but also those set by the leaders of that community. In professional backgrounds, there are rules that guide operations in the firm and every employee regardless of their position in that organization is supposed to abide by them without deterring.
Effect of cultural heritage and nature of these values in myself
Cultural heritage has made me be conservative in some of these behaviors. I have to follow and meet demands set by the community so that I can fit in to avoid clashing with the culture. It has rendered helpful in some way since I have become respectful, obedient, loyal and a person of dignity that can be trusted by elders and peers. My mode of dressing has also been affected since the community might not appreciate some codes and the language I use is in accordance with the set standards in the community. I have hence been able to implement good behaviors in my day to day activities, and they have proved to be helpful since I can be trusted by people without doubts. This is important since many opportunities have come along my ways that are beneficial. I tend to apply these ethical behaviors even in professional settings since they can get me into earning a lot of respect and trust from the seniors. People should, therefore, embrace good ethics in their day to day lives so that they can be taken with respect and be substantial in everything they do.
My ethical hero is Bill Lloyd. He was an employee of an insurance company which suffered miscalculation errors. Lloyd tried to secure the company and fix these mistakes, and as much as he failed, he did not stop. He went to confront the securities exchange commission which only earned him heightened conflict in the company. He was sure that he would be fired and left which cost him a lot of his clients and money but he later found another job opportunity. He was later awarded for his courage and need to find justice to the company.
Lloyd proved to be highly ethical, and some of the characteristics that can be drawn from him are;
Respect for Privacy: Bill Lloyd showed respect by quitting his job. He respected his company and did not want the company to lose value because of him. The company is a separate entity from him, and any interference might lead to undesirable effects, and Lloyd did not want his company to lose more than it already had. This is highly recommendable professionally, and this is what earned him recognition and an award regarding money.
Courage: he was courageous enough to try finding measures that would fix the problem the insurance company was facing. As much as he risked losing his job and not finding another one in the future, he did not stop looking for justice. Ethical courage is important because it enables a person to earn the justice he or she desires. It also earns respect and recognition from others.
Commitment: Bill Lloyd was committed to ethics. He knew that only ethical behaviors have to be followed by everyone regardless of the positions they hold. He was committed to finding justice and trying to fix errors made by the insurance company. He was not willing to stop at anything no matter how much it cost.
Sensitivity and Appropriate Boundaries: he was aware of the boundaries that limited him while on his quest to fix mistakes made by the company. When he went to the securities exchange commission to air his concerns, feud increased in the company, and he, therefore, opted to back down and quit his job. This is respect for boundaries and being sensitive to matters that may bring confusion and lower profits that may be expected by the company.
How Bill Lloyd Can Serve as a Role Model for Others
Bill Lloyd can be a role model to other professionals in the sense that they can emulate the characteristics he displayed and use them as a way to build professionalism in their organizations. Managers can train their employees using Lloyd as an example of ethical courage and commitment. This can enhance more sensitivity to the issues affecting the company and encourage employees to air their views with courage. Employees can also learn about the need for respect in an organization as demonstrated by Lloyd. These should challenge them to be on the lookout for the companies where they work regardless of their positions.
People can also learn from the courage that Lloyd demonstrated. That is, they should not be shy to state what they feel is right to them even where there are high prices to be paid. However, they should also learn to respect boundaries that define respect for others. With respect and more cohesion, productivity is heightened.
How Bill Lloyd has influenced my values
From his courage, I have become motivated to look after others no matter how much it may take. Respect for others privacy has become a major concern in my life, and I have been able to apply it in daily activities in that, when a person does not want me to act in a way that he or she feels to be an intrusion of privacy, I back down no matter what I want to achieve. I can relate to Lloyd’s sensitivity to boundaries in every issue I encounter in my day to day activities. Ethical practices are rewarding in the long run, and I do not hesitate to be ethical in all situations.
Ethical Decision-Making Style
Individualist style; my decision making style is influenced by cultural and family background (Ferrell, 2015). There are various things that I have been taught since I was younger. For instance, going to church school and adopting a religion. Since all the family members were churchgoers, I have become accustomed to this trend. My mode of dressing has also been influenced by my family who also adopted these dressing codes from their cultural background. These trends have become passed from generation to generation.
Peers have also influenced my decision-making style. Influence of age-mates affects decisions such as the use of language. The language I use with my peers is different from the one I use while talking with my elders.
Teachers and other leaders also influence decision making. These people act as role models, and anything they do and say will influence how I respond to certain things. They act as role models to me, and I emulate their response to various things.
Ethical Development; There are various areas that I feel if more development is made, career development will be achieved. Areas that would benefit from ethical development include company cohesion and also community cohesion. When there is development in the way people take things and how they respond to them, there is a promotion of ethical practices in the community.
Acquiring development; Training should be implemented in organizations to ensure that employees are aware of the benefits that are realized when ethics are adopted in that particular organization (Nucci, 2014). Training on how to handle conflicts is essential since it will enhance respect, cohesion and more productivity in that firm. Managers should ensure that all the employees receive an equal opportunity in the organization. This relates to the fairness of managers.
Encouraging adoption of culture; in the organization, a culture should be maintained so that all the trends that were beneficial earlier on can be adapted. Past trends mostly promote ethical practices in the organization and people of different cultures will feel accommodated. Respect is hence earned when there is interaction among others
Ferrell, O. C., & Fraedrich, J. (2015). Business ethics: Ethical decision making & cases. Nelson Education.
Nucci, L., Krettenauer, T., & Narváez, D. (Eds.). (2014). Handbook of moral and character education. Routledge