Ethics, Integrity and Values
Ethics explains the difference between right and wrong. The term ethics tends to address the nature of a person’s business or is based on the individual principles. For example, ethics for a church leader or school teacher will be different from a journalist or marketing executive because each job is very different and commands different values and goals. Ethics may be viewed in many variations such as business ethics, schools ethics, personal ethics or religious ethics. The most common way to define ethics is norms for conduct that distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable behavior (Resnik, 2007). Ethics is a system of moral principles. Each person will develop ethics based on environment and learned behavior.
Business ethics is generally handled by the top leaders in a corporation. A leader must distinguish what is the best decision for the corporation and not what is the best decision for him or her. For example, is drinking an alcoholic beverage at a company celebration acceptable behavior? If a person works for Budweiser Corporation, this behavior may be acceptable. However, as a norm, drinking at a company celebration is unacceptable behavior. Alcohol often changes the behavior of a person and therefore, is considered unethical in the workplace or a company celebration.
One of the top characteristics listed for a leader is integrity (Garand & Glaser, 2009). Integrity is an uncompromising adherence to a code of values and ethics (Garand & Glaser, 2009). In my opinion, integrity means doing the same thing rather a person agrees or disagrees with the chosen action. In conjunction with ethics, integrity speaks to our sense of what is considered right or wrong when making the decision or choosing an action plan. A person may have integrity without ethics. Ethics is a moral principle and integrity is adherence to a moral principle; therefore, a person’s moral principle may be to attend church and...