Thursday, October 25, 2012

Don’t Fall Under Pressure



Don’t Fall Under Pressure

Professional and personal pressures and the speed of modern-day business are placing severe ethical demands on young leaders.  Often young people know the right thing to do, but instead cross that line to further their careers by bending the rules or engaging in morally questionable behavior.  The immense pressure on professionals from novices to veterans in today’s market place is to meet bottom-line demands.  Young leaders are developing in a different culture than their predecessors and have the complex task of learning to negotiate the often-competing demands of excellence, ethics, and integrity.  They need to be reflective about the purpose of their work and proactive about the approaches they take.  They must develop their own belief systems and rely on their own moral trust in guiding their behaviors.  It is imperative to think about the consequences of your decisions not only for yourself, but also for the decisions that you make for other people.  Periodically reflecting about making good decisions will increase the likelihood of making good ethical decisions.  Even though young leaders have values such as honesty and integrity, they are willing to compromise these values in order to satisfy professional demand or gain peer recognition.

Robert Dahl