Rules to Live By: The Nature of Ethics

Oct 14, 2021

When you think of ethics, what comes to mind? Doing what people say you should do? Obeying the law? While these can both be part of ethical behavior, it takes a lot more than just listening to authority figures or doing what’s legal to be an ethical person. Being ethical means doing what’s right, no matter what, even when it doesn’t benefit you.


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Classroom Connection

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Model ethical behavior
Describe ethical principles
Describe the nature of ethics
Explain reasons for ethical dilemmas
Explain the nature of ethical leadership
Recognize and respond to ethical dilemmas