Running Head: PERSONAL WORLDVIEW AND BUSINESS ETHICS 1 Personal Worldview & Business Ethics Paper Bill Wilson Liberty University BMAL 560 November 10, 2017 Dr. Henry
PERSONAL WORLDVIEW & BUSINESS ETHICS 2 STEP 1 To what extent should personal religious beliefs impact our decisions about business ethics Whether an individual is religious or not, no one can argue against the fact that the Bible promotes solid ethical practices. When leading an organization, leadership can only be effective when performed in an ethical manner (Satterlee, 2013). As a Christian, it is important that you do bring your Christian values to your place of business, and use these values when making business decisions. According to Satterlee, “Ethical behavior is dependent upon the leader’s integrity, even when no one is looking” (p. 116). There is no better way to make ethical decisions as a leader than to follow your learned biblical values. This will ensure that you are acting in an ethical manner at all times, rather than only when you think people may notice the actions you are taking. To what extent do your personal religious (or non-religious) beliefs about life impact your sense of business ethics and personal decision-making? As an individual, I believe it is necessary to always have a line in life that I never cross. The reason that I feel like this line is important, is because I understand that it is not possible to always be successful with every decision that I make. I will have decisions that I make that at some point later I will wish that I had made a different one. This is where my personal line comes into play. Whether the issue at hand is effort or ethics, I believe it is essential that I always do the best that I can in that moment. From a singular ethics perspective, this means that I make decisions based on what I believe to the good ethical standards. The reason this is important, is that while I cannot guarantee that every decision will be the right on, I can control what leads me
PERSONAL WORLDVIEW & BUSINESS ETHICS 3 to making every decision. If the decision is wrong, but I made the decision from a solid ethical platform, I can live with that. If I make a bad decision from an unethical platform, then I cannot begin to justify why I made that particular decision, and I am not okay with that. Does it seem odd to connect every belief we have about life back to what we believe about God? On the surface, it does, but on further review it does not. As noted in the article, What Is a Worldview and Why Is It Important to Me? , an individual’s worldview is built upon their personal view of the world. Each person’s foundation and framework of their worldview is built on if they believe in an eternal being or not (Unk, n.d.). Since every other part of a person’s beliefs have roots in this foundation, it does make since that every belief someone has should tie back to what they do or do not believe about God.
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