ORGL-503: Organizational Ethics.
Pedagogical assumptions invited me to examine ethical dilemmas of leadership within the context of moral choices and ethical decision-making. Course objectives allowed me to 1) develop a strategy to describe personal responses to ethical problems 2) develop a strategy to describe personal worldviews 3) develop a strategy to balance personal virtues with the organizational values 4) develop a strategy to create a cooperative community with shared values 5) develop a strategy to analyze ethical dilemmas and recommend a course of action.
The roots of individual morality invite us to reflect on our worldview in relation to organizational leadership. Cooper’s Model provided a step-by-step process to identifying moral decision making and effectively deciding on an actionable process by which to proceed. Essays within this course allowed me opportunity to select topics and apply ethical approaches in a challenging environment.
The dialogue within this course helped identify my worldview in relation to that of other students. One student in particular intrigued me greatly as a professed Atheist and through engaging, authentic dialogue we discovered a friendship based on our individuality and commitment to a shared belief of respect for one another. Reading in depth the comparison between C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud revealed the underlying educational philosophical differences of faith or atheistic worldviews. As I approach colleagues, friends or family with substantial social work or psychological training I feel more equipped to recognize the underlying current of their philosophical worldview.
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