Moral Compass Essay

1162 Words Jan 27th, 2013 5 Pages
Moral Compass Essay
Yuebo (Grace) Zhu
I. Introduction

A moral compass is the moral guide on which a person bases his/her decisions and distinguishes what is right from what is wrong. With our moral compass, we know what rules we should play by. When I was a child, I learnt Chinese traditional wisdom, Confucianism, from my parents and elementary school. The core of Confucianism is humanity, to be altruistic, upright and courteous within the society, from which I got to know the rules I should honor. Never cheat. Be kind and honest. Don't do anything that will hurt others. These become the foundation of my moral compass.

As I grow older, I have been introduced to other theories which cast light on the formation of my moral compass.
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Second, I have a preference to protecting the weak and the vulnerable. In the Pinto case, Fort made a benefit/cost analysis and drew a conclusion not to repair the cars, which actually put the customers’ interests at stake. Fort was powerful and dominant, while the customers were at disadvantage and they couldn't choose but to accept. If I were to make the decision, I would choose to protect the customers. Third, sometimes I make decisions based on the intimacy in relationship. When making decisions involving people close to me and the others, assuming the interests of both groups are important to me, I tend to use the needs of others as a point of reference. I do so because those who are close to me fall into my comfort zone. I may fail them this time, but I can always make it up to them.

IV. Moral Challenges of Business Leadership

Business itself may be sometimes amoral, but leaders must follow the moral compass no matter what pressure they are facing. In business leadership, I surely don't think leaders should make decisions which maximize overall pleasure, as utilitarianism indicates. To apply my moral compass, “Respect each individual”, I conclude three guiding rules. First, act with integrity. Winners never cheat. Be honest with the employees, the customers and the competitors is to respect all of them. To cover a lie with another lie is never a solution.

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