The Moral Decision Making : An Ethical Decision

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Ethical decision-making is a vital part of my critical thinking, serving as a constant factor or theme throughout the process. History is full of leaders who, more than likely, were extraordinary critical thinkers capable fully dedicated to making solid decisions. However, a great decision developed through critical thinking does not equate to the “right” decision or an ethical decision. For example, one could argue Adolf Hitler and his inner circle were exceptional critical thinkers capable of solving Germany’s economic issues and motivating a population to act. In fact, they accomplished both. However, very few, if any, would argue Adolf Hitler made the “right” decisions based on our understanding of ethics. Had Hitler involved ethics, or a more universally accepted code of ethics, in his critical thinking, he may have led Germany to economic success and cemented Germany’s spot as a world power for generations to come. Although this is but one example, it clearly demonstrates critical and strategic thinking accomplished without an ethical foundation. Consequently, I believe it is vital for leaders, such as me, to continuously ensure we are considering ethical standards while critical thinking and to compare all decisions to our ethical codes and standards. Truly, one unethical decision can do extraordinary damage to Airmen, their families, units, the Air Force, and public perception and support. As a leader, I am more proud of my commitment to our ethical
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