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Ethical development, also known as moral development, focuses on the emergence, change, and understanding of morality from early childhood through adulthood. Morality is cultivated over a lifetime. An individual’s experiences impact their ethical development and how they act when facing moral problems. 


Psychology Of Fraud: Why Good People Do Bad Things

National Public Radio examines how good people can act unethically, using a small business example. Over the past decade or…

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Exercise your ethics

One way to develop your ethical "muscles" is to exercise them. Using an ethics work-out gives you a routine to…

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Let ethics guide your decisions

Childhood lessons can help you make the most ethical decisions as an adult. Q: I need to write a report…

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Practical Guidance

Book Review: The Self-Evolved Leader

“The Self-Evolved Leader was written to take you on a journey, from making the critical shift in perspective needed to break the cycle of mediocre leadership, to building a foundation for effective leadership, strengthening the disciplines you need to deliver great leadership, and ending with a plan for mastering and sustaining leadership” (McKeown, 2020, p. 10). In The Self-Evolved Leader, McKeown contends that for too long leaders have mistakenly assumed that the value they bring to their organization is to play the role of the hero, someone has all the answers and swoops in to save the day. However, as…

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What it takes to be a great leader

The world is full of leadership programs, but the best way to learn how to lead might be right under your nose. In this clear, candid talk, Roselinde Torres describes 25 years observing truly great leaders at work, and shares the three simple but crucial questions would-be company chiefs need to ask to thrive in the future. https://www.ted.com/talks/roselinde_torres_what_it_takes_to_be_a_great_leader#t-535563 This video is shared under a Creative Commons license (BY-NC-ND 4.0). Please visit Ted.com. This TED Talk was first presented at a TED Institute event given in partnership with BCG in October 2013. TED editors featured it among our selections on the home page.

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Being your best self, part III: Moral intent

Moral intent is the desire to act ethically when facing a decision and overcome the rationalization to not be ethical “this time.”

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Being your best self, part II: Moral decision-making

Moral decision making is the ability to produce a reasonable and defensible answer to an ethical question.

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Kohlberg’s stages of moral development

Lawrence Kohlberg's theory of moral development is based on Piaget's theory. Kohlberg stated that moral reasoning is based on six developmental stages. These stages are the basis for ethical behavior. The higher the level of moral reasoning, the better that the person is at dealing with moral dilemmas. The six stages of moral development are grouped into three levels of morality, as discussed in this video. By: Shreena Desai This video originally appeared on khanacademy.org, and is used here under a Creative Commons license. Note: All Khan Academy content is available for free at www.khanacademy.org.

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