University of Makeni Sustainable Enterprise – 2 Leadership and environmental ethics Ethical leadership



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Religion is a personal matter. It has no place in decision-making affecting other people.

Worse, using religion as a personal safety net for serious decision-making is a reckless desertion of leadership responsibility.

Right-minded people want leaders to take ultimate full absolute responsibility for decisions. They do not want a leader to seek refuge or personal salvation in (whatever chosen) god or heaven or a confession box.

This is an additional reason for not mixing religion with leadership and ethical decision-making: too many people simply do not accept the basic premise that a leader can delegate responsibility in such a very strange and unaccountable way.



Aside from anything else, if religion were useful in leadership and decision-making then all human organisations would be run by the clergy. Civilization tried that a few thousand years ago and it doesn't work.

In the most general sense, environmental ethics invites us to consider three key propositions:

  1. the Earth and its creatures have moral status, in other words, are worthy of our ethical concern;

  2. the Earth and its creatures have intrinsic value, meaning that they have moral value merely because they exist, not only because they meet human needs;

  3. drawing from the idea of an ecosystem, human beings should consider "wholes" that include other forms of life and the environment.

http://businessethics.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/files/2012/01/Hoffman-Business-and-Environmental-Ethics.pdf

https://leadershipandenvironmentalethics.wordpress.com/journal/


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