Business Ethics Deciphered
What’s to be said about a new company, who’s to be doing the saying, and why was it even said? These are a few questions that have meaningful explanations that pertain to the guidelines or rules a company abides by. When a company is created a system is developed with a code of agreement, or a code of principle values. We as citizens base or habits, whether it be consumer or investment habits, on the core initiative a company lives by. For years now, all the way from the consumer to the CEO, these values have been known as our code of ethics, or ethics just in general. No matter where we go or who we talk too the code of ethics will always be present and exercised in society and in the business environment. Most consumers subconsciously practice a code of ethics when purchasing or investing their time and money. The management side of business has to make conscious decisions as pertaining to their code of ethics, toward how the company will initiate, with action or to commence proper principles and values.
To fully understand what ethics is and how it’s become such a successful way of practice, we must first understand the history behind it. Like all historical events we have learned from our mistakes and evolved into something much greater because of it. Ethics is a very broad term used often in the business sense, but is used more often then noted else where. Everyday interaction between citizens through all communication ethics is being practiced. In fact, ethics and morals could almost be used interchangeably. In this broad sense ethics in business is simply the application of everyday moral or ethical norms to business. “Perhaps the example from the Bible that comes to mind most readily is the Ten Commandments, a guide that is still used by many today” (De George, 2005). We know that ethics existed long before we ever existed, but how much has it actually changed since the time of day?
War is the pursuit of dominance, freedom, justice, and much more, but it is also the overall fixation of who is right and who is wrong. What is the morality of war, and to whom do we address this question? In the first conquest of human intervention, moral characters pushed one another in the battle of right and wrong. In a time, when humans became known as animals and animals became known as food, moral judgment has reached its climax. Through government control and the correct leadership, war was the reaction of opposed mass morality. Ethics became associated with honesty, integrity, virtue, honor, and much more. Ethics were being practice daily because of the beliefs that society created. The belief that people can live in peace with one another along with their cultural differences. The answer to the question is a question in itself. “What kind of actions ought we to perform? The answer being; those in which will cause more good to exist in the universe than any possible kind of alternative” (MacIntyre, 1998). Now, we can understand the rationale of why we culturally, socially, and ethically reason with each other.
Utilizing the correct governance and leadership will bring about a steady existence, but to what degree of character does a person need to be in order to become a leader? “Leadership is the process of getting things done through people” (Patrol and Troop Leadership, 1972). The people you coexist with share the same values as you, although it’s not a simplistic task to be achieved. Leaders are managers who think rationally and with responsibility. “To be an effective leader, your followers must have trust in you and they need to be sold on your vision” (Ridley, 2003). In the same sense that your followers have the same morals they also share the same vision, which opens the door for great accomplishments.
In order for you to be successful, you need to have order. At this point in time we know that good morals bring about great ethics, and great ethics bring about excellent leadership. Our leaders are those who lead the path to success, but our managers are the ones who draw the path. Managers live and work by many different conceptual methods of approach, but they generally have the same mindset as to what they want. The basic managerial concepts that seem to follow any successor are the four functions of management. “Planning, organizing, directing, and controlling/monitoring are words of great achievement” (Pakhare, 2007). Having a sense of direction can help you get to where your going quickly, and by utilizing these four functions as a manager your bound to cover you goals and objectives fast. Management delivers controlled planning and preventative measures to turn aggressive goals into accomplished goals. They do this by adopting their personal morals into their code of ethics, and distributing these values amongst their leaders.
These are all ample dictions of what ethics, leadership and management are, but how does this abundant information pertain to a business sense? As diverse as our society may be, our business practices reflect a lot about a person, a community, or even a nation. It’s the combination that brings us together. The beauty of business is that there is no wrong in doing, only adaptation. When something becomes unreasonable or unpredictable, you simply guard yourself and find an alternate solution. You see, with a code of ethics setting the boundaries of traditional business interaction, you have the freedom to predict and then prepare for what’s right or wrong. Given that you have sufficient skills in dealing with ethical dilemmas, such as managers and leaders do, business becomes an art and a science all in one.
The relation from morals to ethics is all in a sense that in order to become prosperous all you need to do is covertly adapt the principles in which you live by into a conventional business aspect. Then you can take your code of ethics and accompany them with your leadership skills, making you a grand opportunist in the business world. Knowing about the development of ethical behavior can effect your judgment as person in a decision making process. Your affected subconsciously on a daily basis, from what your going to do when you get home, to informing your subcontractor that their three weeks behind. We are all interpersonally exposed to leadership, management, and even business whether we admit it or not. But fortunately enough we live in a world that encourages and heartens the very youth society fosters. Without the social foundation that citizens of any nation learn by, our personal lives and economical ties would be diminished.
The very forefront of our historical markings would have to repeat itself if morals were to be ceased. The war between nations would have gone on, and our homes would have been questioned. Yet the longevity of our settlement still empowers the youth, and from that we learn from our mistakes. Generation upon generation our understanding of living free and with good character carries us further in life than ever imagined. Businesses are being culturally and morally accepted all over the world. There isn’t a value to place on the importance of ethics and management, but there is a global relationship to be had.