The Theories Of Devine Command Theory, Kantian Ethics, And Cultural Relativism

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Effective leaders requires an ethical decision making process to establish trust and loyalty through consistent conduct. Examining several ethical theories and concepts allowed me to establish an effective decision making ladder. The concepts of Devine Command theory, Utilitarian Ethical theory, Kantian Ethics, and Cultural Relativism align with my personal values, character and belief system; which is the foundation of my professional and personal decision making process.
Devine Command theory was established based on Christian values from the biblical perspective that we are created to live according to God’s commands. God created mankind in his image. In which this means we were created in love and of his character and He commands us to do the right thing. We were created for His glory, to please Him. He also created the heaven, the earth and all of which it inhabited. When God completed His creation of man, He declared His work as good. God is good and all He created is good; so He desires for us to obey His word. “So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you.”(Deut. 5:32)
Utilitarianism principles are suggested behaviors that lead to desired results or positive results that are morally right; all for the greater good. Utilitarianism is known for what brings happiness or pleasure; happiness is the most valued principle. “Acts are good when the result is happiness, evil when the result is unhappiness.” (Wilken, 2013) The concepts of Utilitarian

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