This paper highlights guidelines on ethical decision making process.
An ethical role model who inspires me is my mother. She makes good decisions ethically that guides our entire family. This is by incorporating her personal standards that assist us to choose the right from the wrong. This is evident through her commitment when she serves as an exemplary to the family by doing what is right always. In addition, she is conscious; she acts in a consistent manner by exhibiting good morals that guide us in our daily lives. Furthermore, her competency adds value in my life when she analyses a given situation by identifying potential risks, and gives positive alternatives.
The decisions she makes are good and ethical because; they inspire me to have trust, respect and also to be a caring, and responsible person. Her decisions lay foundation in my life by assisting me to make wise decisions that lead to good behaviors. I choose my mother to be my role model because; she is that kind of a person who shows concern for other people or altruism (Kottler, 2000). She is ready to assist any one in need of help voluntarily to ensure that he or she benefits in life. She is a good listener, whenever an issue arises in the family; she is that type of a person who lends her shoulder to lean on. Sharing problems with her makes me feel comfortable, loved especially when she listens and offers her good advice. She is ready to forgive, and apologize when she goes wrong, gives room to open dialogues and contribute to the welfare of others via support.
An ethical issue involves a situation that allows an individual to select between two alternatives. For instance, there was a situation where my mum’s friend came to pay her a visit and her main interest was to know whether her husband was cheating on her. This was a close family friend and my mother was the only person who could tell the truth because; she worked with her husband. In this case, she was aware of what was going on and she decided to resolve this issue ethically without breaking their marriage. She opted to an ethical alternative of telling the truth by applying a moral decision that could not hurt both parties.
My mother decided to reveal the truth that her husband was unfaithful. This was the bitter truth, but she was effective and ethical in handling the issue by revealing to her friend examples of marital problems including her own (Piliavin, 1990). Despite the fact that her friend was hurt at first, she found comfort after realizing that she was not the only one and the problem could be solved through dialogue or by paying a visit to a counselor. At the moment, the family is now living happily together after following my mother’s advice to visit a counselor. Evaluating this story, I found her so inspiring because; if she could have left her friend hurt without advising her, it could be unethical decision, but she chose to be ethical.
The following are principles I apply to guide me in life. These principles help in differentiating the right from wrong things especially during decision making. I like handling situations in an honest manner. I also consider respect as an important principle because; it enables me to treat others in a fair way. Responsibility is also a vital core principle that enables me to evaluate my actions, and be reliable when an issue arises. Caring is another principle I embrace because; it enables me to be part of other people’s welfare. I emulated these ethical principles from my family, particularly my mother who was my role model (Brehony, 1999).
The following are steps involved in my ethical decision making process;
Commitment; In order to be honest, responsible, caring and respectful, it is vital to coordinate with my family by sharing the same principles to live a positive and happy life. This implies that I have to sacrifice, look beyond what revolves around my life, and focus on welfare of the entire family or society. I choose commitment as part of the process because; it involves efforts and sharing of knowledge to curb obstacles.
Conscience; this is a step that I need to involve a conscious mind, compassion and feelings to care about what revolves in lives of other people. Through conscience, I will be in a position to sense when a problem arises, and find an effective way of solving it. I choose this process because; it reinforces ethical standards and sharing of values.
Conversation; this is an essential step because; it enables me to engage with others in a moral talk. This paves way for honest conversations where people share diverse perspectives to handle an issue or make a significant decision. I choose this step because; it advances the knowledge level of parties involved leading to a perfect process of making an ethical decision.
Brehony, A. (1999). Ordinary grace: Lessons from those who help others in extraordinary ways. New York: Riverhead Books.
Kottler, A. (2000). Doing good: Passion and Commitment for helping others. Philadelphia:Brunner. Routledge.
Piliavin, J. (1990). Altruism: A review of recent theory and research. American sociological review, 16, 27-65.
Running Head: ETHICS CODE