Growth in Ethics

Growth in ethics

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There is need for people in any profession to know what is expected of them in terms of beliefs and values that are morally accepted. According to Beauchamp and Childress (2001) there is need to develop virtue ethics because unlike codes of ethics there emphasis is on the person’s character and not on rules or some principles. There is no agreement as to what set of ethical codes or values that should be adopted but they play a great role in providing direction as how people are to behave in manner that is professional and ethical even though they may not completely eliminate moral dilemmas.

Professional growth has to do with reaching one’s fullest potential both individually and as a member of a group. According to Schein (1978) professional growth focuses on the interaction between the individual and the organization and it is a series of progression through various career stages by meeting goals of one stage then moving to the next and even aim at higher goals. This development professionally for me has been intertwined with my own personal growth. As I progress through various stages of life I am becoming more aware of what I need and how can get it. I am becoming more ruthless in terms of meeting my goals and getting rid of anything can hold me back or slow me down (Schein, 1978).

I am also becoming more sensitive to the needs of others and other abstract concepts such as pain and hurt that others may be feeling or experiencing and this has helped me to be more empathetic. I have also become more flexible and understating. For me nothing is cast in stone, I evaluate and analyze everything as it comes before making up my own mind and forming an opinion or taking action and this has helped to be open minded (Schein, 1978).

Emotions do play an important role in our daily lives and influences most of the decisions we make and hence there is need for maturity in this respect .According to Chamberlain (1960) an emotional mature person is one who has and can rein in his emotions. I have grown in this respect from the emotional highs of adolescence to where I am now able to think through and assess their impacts before making decisions.

On group membership skills I have learnt that life about learning to work with other people and often that will force us to change and sacrifice our selfishness to blend in. Working with others to accomplish any give task would need to be willing to listen to others even when you don’t agree and have the bigger picture in mind that you can’t do it alone and you need people (Schein, 1978).

Feedback is important in career development and growth because it enables one to look at a problem from a different perspective and that is not to say it easy. Some people will criticize because that is what they want to do and honestly it is isn’t easy face the finger of blame. But the key thing about feedback is it enables you to know areas of improvement. As it relates to authority I have learnt that respecting authority doesn’t mean agreement with everything but often it is the best way to influence change albeit in a small way. Authorities I have learnt are more willing to listen to an employee that is seen to be loyal and committed rather than one who is seen as a rebel (Schein, 1978).

Reference

Beauchamp, T., & Childress, J. (2001). Principles of biomedical ethics (5th ed.). New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press.

Chamberlain, V.C. (1960) Adolescence to Maturity”, London: The Badley Head

Schein, E. (1978). Career dynamics: Matching individual and organizational needs. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley Pub.