Ethical Dilemmas, Breaches, and Leadership Consequences
Government and nonprofit leaders encounter ethical dilemmas regularly as they perform their duties. When leaders do not address ethical dilemmas appropriately, dilemmas become ethical breaches with possible dire consequences. For instance, former President Bill Clinton encountered an ethical dilemma upon meeting intern Monica Lewinsky and considering whether or not to pursue a personal relationship with her. When he decided to pursue a personal relationship with her, he committed an ethical breach. Some ethical dilemmas and breaches may be considered more subtle. Consider a seemingly minor incident such as a mayor using a city vehicle to run a personal errand or contracting family for high-paying city jobs. Understanding the full range of potential ethical dilemmas and considering the consequences of ethical breaches are the first steps to being a strong government or nonprofit leader.
- Review the Introduction in The Ethics Challenge in Public Service, paying particular attention to the working definitions related to ethics and public service.
- Review Chapter 1 in The Ethics Challenge in Public Service, focusing on the role ethical conduct plays in establishing public trust and the role of ethics in public service.
- Review the video Government Employee Training and focus on the ethical challenges facing government leaders.
- Identify a contemporary ethical dilemma that you heard or read about in the news confronting either a government or nonprofit leader.
- Think about the nature and severity of the ethical dilemma and why it might be considered an ethical breach.
The assignment 2 pages:
- a brief description of the government or nonprofit leader and the ethical dilemma he or she is confronting.
- Then explain the nature and severity of the ethical dilemma and why it might be considered an ethical breach.
- Finally, explain the actual or potential consequences of that ethical breach to the leader.
Cite all resources used properly in text
Video: wordgeezer. (2011). Kenneth Feinberg speaks on 911 victim compensation. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBOOdTIDcCA (approximately 10 minutes)
- Course Text: Lewis, C., & Gilman, S. (2012). The ethics challenge in public service: A problem-solving guide (3rd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
- Introduction, "Ethics in Public Service"
- Chapter 1, "What Is Important in Public Service?"
- Course Text: Perry, J. L. (Ed.). (2010). The Jossey-Bass reader on nonprofit and public leadership. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
- Chapter 32, "The Politics of Doing Good: Philanthropic Leadership for the Twenty-First Century"