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I’m studying for my Management class and need an explanation.

The Ethical Trap

Prior to beginning your discussion response, read The ethical trap (Links to an external site.). Discuss an ethical dilemma that you are aware of in an organization. Describe how the ethical dilemma was an ethical trap. Evaluate how the ethical dilemma and the ethical trap could have been avoided.

Your response must be a minimum of 300 words.

The Role of Leadership Integrity in Organizational Ethics

Prior to beginning your discussion response, read Managing for Organizational Integrity (Links to an external site.). In the article, Paine (1994) described scenarios of various organizations. Choose one of the ethics topics: integrity as a governing ethic, emphasizing core values, building shared aspirations, or defining right action.

  • Summarize the information shared in the article for your chosen topic.
  • Describe how the ethics topic could be incorporated into your organization or an organization that you are familiar with.

Your response must be a minimum of 300 words.

Ethical Leadership

Read the An improved measure of ethical leadership article by Yukl, Mahsud, Hassan, & Prussia (2013), as well as Chapter 7 of Gonzalez-Padron (2015). Complete the Checklist: Ethical Leadership Questionnaire, then answer these following questions from the text:

  • Describe the behaviors that are most important for you to feel trust in the ethical leadership of a supervisor, manager, or company executive?
  • Describe any descriptors in the list that are difficult to observe?
  • Analyze how ethical leadership can be measured in an organization?
  • Evaluate how personal experience with a leader (e.g., work assignments, disciplinary actions) skew your assessment of his or her ethical leadership? Cite an example based on personal experience.

Your response must be a mimimum of 300 words.

Recognizing and Identifying Ethical Leadership Failures

Prior to beginning your discussion, read Understanding (and preventing) ethical leadership failures (Links to an external site.). After reading the article, give an example of one or more leadership failures that you are familiar with. You may use an organization, group, or political figure for your discussion. Describe the failure(s) in detail. Analyze how the failure(s) could have been mitigated.

Your response must be a minimum of 300 words.

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The Ethical Trap
An ethical trap consists of two major ethical decisions, a primary and a secondary
ethical decision. The secondary ethical decision arises after a poor primary ethical decision.
Individuals who find themselves in such ethical dilemmas are considered to be caught in an
ethical trap. There is always no escaping from the trap unscathed because making a secondary
ethical decision results in the concerned authorities or parties questioning why the primary
decision was unethical in the first place (Schafer, 2011). In this case, the primary decision is
always regarded as errant and impossible to justify.
There are several ethical dilemmas that lead individuals to inescapable ethical traps. An
incident that I am aware of occurred in a financial institution which deals with monetary
transactions and offers financial services such as loans, investments, and currency exchange to
its customers. In his endeavors, the regional manager was engaging in financial fraud by
fraudulently pumping up the value of the company while covering up massive debts that the
company had accrued. His assistant was mandated with the task of cooking the books during
each quarterly financial review. Even though the assistant knew that she was an accomplice in
financial fraud, she never mentioned it to the authorities or even asked her superior about it.
About a year in, customers began to lose investment money in drones. This attracted the
attention of the authorities who contacted the assistant manager to present the company's
financial records for the past year. At this moment, she was caught in an ethical trap because
revealing that the company was cooking the books would make her an accomplice to fraud,
while lying about it would make her unethical and land her in greater trouble with the
authorities when the truth comes out....

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