Imagine you’ve discovered that someone in the accounts department is stealing money. But then you realize the thief is stealing to pay for his child’s medical treatment. Do you report the theft or do you keep quiet? A moral dilemma can put you on a slippery slope.
Let Ethical Clarity guide you when you need to make important moral decisions that affect not just yours but also other people’s well-being. Learn how to make smarter decisions while demonstrating respect, fairness and caring for others.
Thrive Skills are an essential set of cognitive, social and behavioral skills to enable our learners to continuously succeed, at every stage of their career.
Moral clarity is the ability to make the right decisions, ones that are moral, ethical and work for all parties involved. An ethical person is someone who has an inclusive perspective, understands others and listens before jumping to conclusions. Moral dilemmas can often derail us from making the right choices. But Ethical Clarity will help professionals take a step back, assess the situation and do what’s fair to everyone.
The importance of moral clarity at work, and outside, is that it builds a culture of mutual respect, trust and collaboration. Unethical practices like having a vested interest that leads to bad decisions, being partial and unfair, not offering equal opportunities and taking sides without context lead to a hostile work environment. Moreover, these practices may negatively impact a professional’s career. Moral clarity leads to a person being fair, just and supportive.
Examples of Ethical Clarity are listening to other people without judgment, resolving conflicts by taking an objective stance, being respectful of others, empathizing with others’ problems and caring about how words and actions impact people. In business communication, professionals must uphold the principle of clarity. This means sharing the intended message without sugarcoating, altering or changing its meaning. The receiver should understand exactly what the speaker intends.
Being ethical is as much a skill as communication, collaboration and problem-solving. Every person has the capacity to be more ethical each day. Being accountable and taking responsibility for their work, listening to others, respecting everyone’s time and being professional at work are some forms of Ethical Clarity.
Other Thrive Skills under THINK are Enhanced Self-Awareness, Assimilating Knowledge, Big-Picture Thinking, Intellectual Curiosity and Overcoming Bias.