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Leadership and Ethical Decisions

1. Is it ethical and socially responsible to teach people to follow orders without questioning authority in the military or any other organization?
2. What would you do if your boss asked you to follow orders that you thought might be unethical?
3. How would you approach your boss? Would you go to your boss and ask again if it was ok to do it; tell them you will not do it; ask the boss to do it themselves; blow the whistle to an outside source like the government or media?
4. Is following orders a good justification for unethical practices?

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1. Is it ethical and socially responsible to teach people to follow orders without questioning authority in the military or any other organization?

It is not ethical to teach people that it is not okay to question various orders. What really needs to be taught is the right way to question authority. There is an ethical, respectful way of doing so, and there is an unethical, disrespectful way of doing so. It should be taught that subordinates are expected to take orders, but that if the subordinate does not understand or agree with the order, he or she should ask to respectfully discuss the order directly with the supervisor or person holding authority. By teaching in this way, it creates a ...

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This solution discusses ethics, social responsibility, and workplace situations. All questions presented are answered with thorough discussions.

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