What is moral reasoning? Moral reasoning is a process of discerning the possible effects of making a decision on a specific issue and examining the pros and cons of what values are at stake and why and the “prices to pay” for each decision made.
Moral reasoning has a “justice” component to it, and this needs to be taken into consideration. The “justice” component is to discern what is right or wrong as , at times, diametrically opposed to what maybe declared or accepted as right or wrong. In this way, moral reasoning provides guidance of sorts on how to behave with some semblance of honor.
Therefore, what happens when the decision is made on the sole basis of one’s conscience/conviction without the substantive information to support it? Is this a valid use of moral reasoning?
All this being said, Is this really a necessary leadership quality? If so, how does one “acquire” it? Can it be taught or is it innate? Regardless of the answers, there is little doubt there is a definite lack of moral reasoning.
Shouldn’t leaders be THE moral agent of their organizations? If so, how?
Like you, business ethics and ethical leadership expert, Frank Bucaro has seen the challenges and problems of corporate leadership, particularly over the past few years in regards to poor decision-making, SEC violations, and record breaking financial settlements in a number of different industries.
With over two decades of executive training, speaking, writing and with real life experiences, his view and approach to ethics in the workplace is uniquely different. He emphasizes that ethics is a moment-to-moment choice and has little to do with position, titles, personalities or education. Ethics is everybody’s responsibility from the top down.
His goal is to help organizations to:
a. Strengthen their ethics training initiatives in order to significantly decrease the odds of an ethical/compliance violation.
b. Energize, train and motivate employees to understand the value of consistent “high road” behavior as a business advantage.
c. Support individuals and thereby the organization by contributing to its success by quality, ongoing values based leadership development.
Frank is known for his very practical, slightly irreverent, yet somewhat humorous approach to ethics and leadership development. His conversational style and real life stories connect with his audience in a personal, intense and practical level.
Companies such as Bayer Healthcare, BP, ReMax International, EnMax Energy, Danone, etc. have partnered with Frank when they want to proactively stress the message, tools, insights and practical applications that good ethics IS good for business!