Ethical Leadership

Case study on Is A Lie Always A Lie?

      The Main character in this story is Ben. Ben (the boss) is a procrastinator and has a bad habit of lying to be direct. The problem with working for a person like Ben is that you ultimately try and do what best for the team. He is a great energetic, creative worker so you know his intentions are pretty good. What I would have done by now is pulled Ben over to the side and just plainly had a talk with him about his actions. I would let him know that we are a team and that before he starts to lie about work we are all accountable for, he needs to real us all in and allow us the chance to try and help. As a team we should have each other’s back. But if the team is constantly being blind-sided it is only so much we do. When he gets overwhelmed and wants to still start on a project he needs to pull another team member in to help. His lying doesn’t just look bad on him, it is a reflection of his teams work as well. 

      My duties to Ben as his administrative assistant is to be supportive and a team player. My duties to the company is to be honest and uphold integrity at all time. My duties to myself is simple; stay true to what I know is right at all time. With this being said I have been in situations like this where my integrity was being tested. As a team mate, I would reach out to Ben and let him know where I stand with honesty and commitment to the organization. I don’t mind covering him, but at the same time he can’t continue to put me in binds. He has to take the blame for this own actions when his lying catches up with him. There is only so much I can cover for him. I wouldn’t lose my job or lie to leadership. 

      I think it is worst to say you have done something and not done it all. The problem with that is that you never know how it may affect something or someone because you didn’t do it. Lying to say it’s done only to do it the next day is just procrastinating. If it’s something that you can’t make happen that day its due you need to be honest about it. This is the reason why when you’re on deadlines you should apply yourself early just in case you come close to the due date and get a little behind. I try to never wait until the last minute to do something I know has a deadline on it. My word is always good and I would hate for someone to think I lied or didn’t get something done and didn’t even let them know it wasn’t going to get done. That is a bad habit to get yourself in and leads people to start thinking you aren’t punctual or even worst trustworthy! 

It’s not right to lie, but I must say I believe in the “little white lie”, as they say.  I think its safe to safe not all lies hurt people. It doesn’t mean that a lie isn’t wrong. It just means that I have told a lie to keep someone from being hurt or make a situation better in a good way. For instance, when you are trying to not hurt someone’s feelings. Sometimes the truth hurts and I would prefer to keep my friend from being hurt with a small lie that doesn’t hurt anyone that to tell them the truth and just crush their feelings. I can ease the truth in another time or when I feel they can handle it instead of right then. Some would argue that telling a lie is wrong, because that person may needed to hear the truth or may be mad when they found out you lied.

1. With this being said, What would Kant, Aristotle, and Williams say about Ben’s behavior? Also, Is there a downside to being morally lucky? 

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