Individual ethical challenges

Individual ethical challenges


Individualethical challenges

Balancingorganizational and individual interests

Balancingthe interest of an individual and the interest of the organization isalways an important challenge in leadership. The challenge ariseswhen there is a potential conflict of interest. However, in manysituations that involve conflict of interest, individuals are likelyto act without consideration of the ethical connotation, eitherknowingly or unknowingly (Parboteeah, 2013). Ethical challenges thatinvolve conflicts between individual interests and organizationalinterests are more likely if the interests involved are more dearly.An example of an ethical challenges involving conflict of interest iswhen a chief executive discovers that one of his juniors who is alsoa close friend has been involved in conflicts with other employees.The officer is a close confidant and personal friend to the chiefexecutive of the organization and uses the closeness to the CEO tointimidate other employees. The friendship between the chiefexecutive and the officer started years before both of them joinedthe organization. The chief executive challenge is choosing betweenhis personal interest and the interest of the organization in takinga disciplinary action against the officers. There are many incidencesin which employees of organization find themselves in this scenario.However, when acting on behalf of an organization, it is morally andethically wrong to be guided by personal interests. In many cases,conflict of interest is mainly an ethical issue rather than a legalissue. However, in the public sector, there are conflict of interestissues that attract legal sanctions and consequences (Davis &ampStark, 2011). In my view, an ethical leader should be able toself-police himself and avoid conflict of interests.


Davis,M. &amp Stark, A. (2011). Conflictof interest in the professions,Oxford New York: Oxford University Press.

Parboteeah,J. (2013). BusinessEthics,Routledge, ISBN 1136262687.