My Applied Ethics students asked a great question that I want to answer in today’s post: “Which Values Are Ethical Values?”
Not all values are ethical values. Some values, such as efficiency, do not have an ethical component. Some ethical values involve qualities of an ethical self (such as honesty and integrity). Others describe positive and ethical behavior toward others, the environment and society.
Ethical values by definition are positive and they often require that we stretch outside of our own interests to respect, protect, serve and help others.
A (Starter) List of Ethical Values
- Avoiding Harm
- Collaboration (See also Mutual Benefit)
- Competence (Ethical)
- Doing Good
- Global World View
- Greater Good
- Long-Term Thinking
- Moral Awareness
- Mutual Benefit
- Personal Congruence (Thoughts, words and actions aligned)
- Positive Intent
- Precaution (Choosing safe, healthful ingredients in food products, for example)
- Preventing Harm
- Respect For Boundaries
- Respect For Others
- Respect For Human Rights and Dignity
- Support For Well-Being of Others
- Taking Responsibility
- Valuing Differences
Our values define who we are and drive the choices we make. Don’t let your daily decisions be made on autopilot. Choose the ethical values that will guide your life and your leadership.
For more on ethical values, see ChangeThis.com publication “What Ethical Leaders Believe” and Linda’s leadership book 7 Lenses, which gives a clear picture of ethical values through 7 Lenses and 14 Guiding Principles.
Prepare Your Leaders For Ethical Leadership Future – Help Them Learn To See Through The 7 Lenses® of Ethical Leadership.
Includes case examples and questions.
Unleash the Positive Power of Ethical Leadership®
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