The paper 'Cultural Diversity and Political Theory' is a wonderful example of a Business Essay. In this paper, I reflect on my personal ethical lens to explain how I can develop an awareness of global citizenship in my profession and in my future role as a business leader. To accomplish this, I will draw from the topics of Moral Reasoning and Ethical Decision (Topic 4), and Ethics in the Corporate Environment (topic 6). I have chosen these two topics deliberately because they have a great bearing on the values of global citizenship. Corporate ethical values are a system of moral principles and obligations governing the conduct of individuals or groups of people in organizations.
Maintaining good ethical conduct means behaving and acting in a manner that is consistent with the expected principles of correct morals in society (Niamh 2007, p. 112). In the corporate environment, ethical decision making is a fundamental requirement for a successful career regardless of one’ s profession. It is also essential for the success and growth of organizations. As Hicks (2007, p. 13) explains, organizations can be successful if their employees act ethically while balancing personal demands and job expectations.
Essentially, adherence to the highest ethical standards by employees plays a critical role in the achievement of business goals and in the development of global citizenship. As an aspiring business leader, I believe that professionals should think and act ethically not just for their own selfish gains but for the interest of the organizations they serve and the people, they interact with (Lafollette 2014, p. 91). Sigelman 2000 (2013) defines global citizenship as the practice of engaging ethically in professional contexts while appreciating the diversity of communities and cultures in a global context.
As such, a global citizen is somebody who, despite any class differences, identifies readily with the global community and whose actions contribute to enhancing the global community’ s practices and values. This implies that global citizens have specific responsibilities, one of which is to act ethically regardless of the prevailing circumstances or situations. Although global citizenship is relevant in many contexts, it is more relevant in the corporate settings because of the huge impacts that organizations have on their people and the community. According to Mark (2010, p.
947), the concept of global citizenship is frequently invoked in corporate settings to emphasize the ethical responsibilities of organizations, business leaders, and employees. Besides their people, corporate organizations are also part of the global community and therefore must act ethically towards the world. One way through which corporate organizations contribute to global citizenship is by encouraging their employees to embrace ethical decision making and moral reasoning. Corporate organizations that encourage their employees to think ethically and act morally reap immense benefits in terms of secure, productive, and stable workforces, positive reputation and a positive spillover to the community.
On the other hand, organizations that disregard ethical values can incur costs in terms of litigations, high employee turnover, and unstable work environments. As such, encouraging employees to be ethical should be a top priority for any company that wants to look responsible in the eyes of the global community. Similarly, the same consideration should be a priority for professionals that seek to become business leaders like myself.
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