Realizing the type of leader I want to be is the first step to becoming a good administrator. I believe my values and morals shape the foundation for my beliefs and style. I have learned that becoming aware of these elements is not an easy task. They are learned through experiences, colleagues, teachers, mentors, literature, and never-ending self-reflection.
While speaking with my mentor Lori Deforest, she stressed how difficult it can be to make hard decisions. Her advice to me was to find someone who is well respected and that holds the same values and beliefs. She stressed how critical it was to learn from those with experience and good practice.
After evaluating ethical dilemmas using the Guilly rubric, I see how many people can be affected by one decision. For me it provides a concrete set of guidelines to be considered when making decisions. It asks that I look at my own values and beliefs that may be in conflict, my team (staff and institution) affected by the decisions, as well as the fairness and legality of my decision. As an administrator, using the Guilly rubric helps me breakdown the overall big picture by weighing all of the possible outcomes.
The focus should not just be on decision-making, but also on ethical decision-making. The Ethics Toolkit (www.ethics.org/whycode.html) provided insight to “filters” that can be used to ensure that ethical issues rooted in decisions are taken into consideration. Keeping in mind the simplified process of PLUS, I can surface the ethical elements that are being faced in making a decision. Although it may not guarantee an ethical decision, for me it was a condensed way to look at Policies (procedures, guidelines of the institution), Legalities (laws and regulations), Universal (principles, values of institution), and Self (what is right, good, and fair to me?). Through all of my experiences, I’ve learned that with ethics there are choices.
Everyday as an administrator I may have to exercise moral and ethical judgments. Having a good sense of my own values and morals as it applies to the educational realm will help guide my way when having to make decisions. It is my responsibility to encourage and promote a culture that fosters my own values and beliefs such as trust, honesty, equality, empathy and moral responsibility. I want my school community to feel that I have a strong sense of ethics and integrity. Through my own actions and practicing these behaviors, I will set a good moral example for others in the school community to follow.
EAD 601. (2006). Fundamentals of Education Administration. Reading Packet: Module