Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Stark Comparison of Ethical and Unethical Leaders

When I ask myself whom do I know of in history who is an ethical leader I would have to say Martin Luther King Jr. I know it is like going for the obvious but it is the truth. The man never made any decision with out careful thought to how his actions as a civil rights leaders would effect the people of America as a whole not just himself or African Americans. "Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." King was always for peaceful resolution to injustice. King also had a flawless understanding of what was moral and immoral a when it came to whether a law was just or unjust. King also possessed courage. He was willing to put himself at risk for the greater good not matter what the conviction or consequence. He sat in a Birmingham jail cell for the people of Birmingham, Alabama. Anyone willing to do that and face any conviction for another person is an ethical leader.
As we talk about an ethical leader lets talk about what makes an unethical leader, like oh I don't know...HITLER for example...we are talking about a man who wanted to create an arian race of German people and exterminate any one else on the face of the earth who wasn't like him. When we look at him from the scope of how ethical he was we can mention concentration camps and how he used them to torture, kill, and keep captive the races he wanted to rid the Earth of. He made decisions based of his own interest and did not care what others thought. His actions costed his country millions of dollars in debt after WWII and left an entire group of people scared for life. Dangerous toxic leadership like his is poison to others and is not ethical to say the least.

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