Personal Level of Ethical Leadership

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PersonalLevel of Ethical Leadership

PersonalLevel of Ethical Leadership


Anethical dilemma leaves an individual at loggerheads on what step ofaction to take. One has to make a choice between two weightyalternatives that requires action simultaneously. These situationsfrequently result in gain and pain. One has to determine who willsuffer and who to save. With no little and no time to make adecision, a person will have to ethically weigh the options anddecide on which one to choose. People are faced with ethical dilemmasperiodically, this occurs at home, at school, and work. It takesstrong will and a healthy heart to decide on something, bearing inmind its grave repercussions. Besides, the consequences of such achoice may weather down on the person and cause one to be depressedor feelings of regret.


Iface the following ethical dilemma. I am the only doctor in a ruralvillage, and my wife has been brought to my workplace in labor,seconds later an ambulance arrives carrying my mother who requiresintense medical attention. As a doctor, I would love to assist mywife in giving birth, but that would cost my mom`s life. I could alsoentrust the nurse to handle my wife, but I fear she may not havebetter skills to deal with such cases. My wife is carrying myfirstborn whose arrival will transform me into a dad. Besides, my momgave birth to me and has been there through all the steps of the way.I am torn at the moment, and I rush to my office I try sitting down,I take a ballpoint pen, and stroke my head but nothing worthwhilecomes to my mind. I move all over the room hoping I could undergobinary diffusion and split myself into halves. The nurse comes in andnotices sweat oozing from my forehead. I try to utter a word, but mylips seem glued together. In a split second, an idea strikes my mindthat I am wasting time. I try to man up as I realize that the moretime I spend through indecision, the more my wife and my mothersuffer.

Iwalk out of the office and heads straight to the nurse. I hand herthe responsibility of conducting the delivery process. I pat her onthe shoulder and assure her that everything will go well and Irequest her to call me in case any abnormally arises. I take thecorridor and head to the Intensive care unit. I see my mother lyingunconscious on the bed, ordering the intensive care nurse to bringher on the life support cylinder we hurriedly connect the nozzle toher nose and start my checkup. I try to compose myself praying thatmy wife will be well and that my mother will walk out of thistragedy. The nurse looks at me in confusion when she notices mysweating and shaking. I immediately confess that the patient isindeed my mother. This statement brings calm and makes me regain mycomposure as I feel the problem is half solved.

Itook the decision to attach more priority to the life of my mother ascompared to that of my wife because I fear to be an orphan. I wantedmy mom to see her grandchildren and to bless my family. I will neverfind another mom anywhere in the world. Though I loved my wife, I wasready to entrust her life with the nurse because I hoped she would beokay. Nevertheless, had she or my child passed away I would have beenleft a widow. I would mourn for a period, but I would eventuallyremarry and have a family of my own. My children would still have amother and a grandmother. Furthermore, I have spent a lot of timewith my mom and have created a bond that is far stronger than the oneI have with my wife. The thought of having a mom who I can turn todespite all the storms in life excites my heart. I also owe my latefather the obligation of protecting my mom from any form of harm.Though God gives life, I did this hoping that these two lives wouldbe saved. In the eventuality, any of them had passed away. It wouldbe painful, but I would look back put flowers on the tombstone andconfidently bid farewell.


Ethicalregularities were the basis for my decision. They include Trust, Goodbehavior, fairness and kindness (Harriss &amp Atkinson 2009). I hadtrust in the work performed by the nurse and that God would spare thelives of these important people to me. I exercised fairly by ensuringthat the two patients received proper healthcare despite my conflictof interest. I exhibited good behavior by controlling my emotions andspeaking quietly and humbly to the nurse. I did not abuse or act rudeto anyone as I took control of the situation apart from a fewinvoluntarily body reactions such as sweating and shaking. The livesof these two patients have an equal value and my decision depends onmy personal convictions. I had to make a choice instead ofexperiencing a double tragedy of losing both patients.


Whenfaced with an ethical dilemma an individual has to weigh one`soptions carefully. Efficient and meticulous decision-making may notprovide the full solution but will inevitably create solace in aperson`s heart. There is a saying that says, `the world in not goodand such coincidences underscores the saying.` Had the two eventsoccurred within two different time frames there would be littlethinking and indecision would be a speck of dust in the wind. Oneshould carefully weigh the consequences, the duty and obligation oneowes to the parties and the virtues and mannerisms. This aids incruising through the dilemma by making quality decisions that willserve to solve the puzzle. Life has no formula or models, and aperson should be prepared to face the things life throws. A personshould not be preoccupied with indecision as every second and everyminute counts and plays a role in life and death. An ethical leaderwill be expected to give directions to the followers one has toensure that he works on one`s weak points to ensure one buildsoneself into a better individual.


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