Consider the following ethical dilemma that was discussed earlier in this chapter:
Under the reduction in force (RIF) format, the supervisor, me, gets told on
Thursday what supervisees have to come in on Friday to get chopped, and they are
to be gone that day. . . . I personally believe that that’s unethical . . . not because it’s
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severe, but because it’s not balanced . . . We would not tolerate any employee doing
that to us.
■ What personal and professional values are connected to this dilemma?
■ Analyze the dilemma from the perspectives of feminist, Afrocentric, and Ghandian
moral principles. How does each inform you about the elements of the dilemma that
could promote good or harm?
■ How would each perspective lead to particular leadership actions and decisions
about this dilemma?
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