Running head: THE ALOHA STATE OF MIND1The Aloha State of MindBradford K. CambraAmerican Military University
THE ALOHA STATE OF MIND2The Aloha State of MindThe success of any organization can be closely associated with its business ethics. Some business ethics are codified in to laws, both at the local and federal levels. Some examples of these laws include, minimum wage and environmental regulations, just to name a few. Ethical leadership is an inherent responsibility of organizations, which help to shape the day-to-day operations and business decisions. Moral precepts help guide leaders decisions toward what is right and what is wrong, based on certain moral rules of thumbs that were developed throughout the course of humanity. Acquiring the basic understanding of moral codes will help anyone deliberating their own ethical behaviors or the behaviors of others. DiscussionThe course Ethics in Leadershipdiscusses the ethical dimensions of leadership, exploringthe processes used to resolve ethical dilemmas and organizational conflicts. The lessons of week7 discussed the stages of moral reasoning development and the various moral intensity metrics. Week 7’s assignment included a set of four questions that assessed the applications of ethical rules to business hypotheticals. In analysis of the assignment and additional research, the below responses are provided in response to the four questions presented in the course. Question #1. Aloha, is the word commonly associated with the Hawaiian expressions of love, greetingsand farewells. To those who value the ancestral teachings of the Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians), the deeper meaning of “Aloha” is a way of life. To the indigenous Kanaka Maoli, Aloha holds within itself all one needs to know in order to interact rightfully in the natural world and described as an attitude that the natives call ‘”The Aloha Spirit”. Starting at a very young
THE ALOHA STATE OF MIND3age, Aloha is taught to children of the past and present because it establishes the moral compass to the world that surrounds every generation. As native children grow older, the fundamental codes of ethic begin to take shape and found within a deeper layer of the meaning of Aloha. Imbedded within the word, are the acronyms A-L-O-H-A and links five words that create the Aloha State of Mind [Puk18]. A (Ala): Ethically rightL (Lokahi): UnityO (Ola): LifeH (Ha’aha’a): Humility A (Ahonui): PatienceThe above-mentioned acronyms establish the sense of purpose and place within the world, along with a code of ethics to help with interactions. Additionally, Aloha can be traced back to its literal root words (using the Hawaiian grammatical rules) and are translated as the “breath of life”. In modern Hawaiian culture, Kupuna’s (elders) associate the phrase as the moral precepts and purpose for individuals to embody the Aloha spirit and are viewed as the ethical rules to live by—treat others, as you would like to be treated.