Reflection to the Ethical Style Questionnaire Assessment


I would like to start with a few sentences, this is an interesting exercise. Before taking the questionnaire assessment I always thought that when it comes to doing the right thing, I would choose how to respond with what I think or believed is right. Something that I feel within myself. I believe it must be part of my personality which is ENFP. In the past article I mentioned my dominant function, but which is responsible for free will and exploration, I also have a secondary function which is introverted feeling; “Introverted feeling causes ENFPs to have a very strong sense of self, which can help them go against the grain even when their normal social tendency is to be friendly and smooth things over in the event of a conflict.” [1] I enjoy tying my results here with both personality test and traits so this is really how I am when it comes to ethical dilemma, I would try to think about what I would feel is right in such situation. For example there was a question related to student cheating on 1 paper and the policy indicates automatic failure, to me I think the policy is to harsh I believe the student should fail on that particular assignment(s) and hence will get what he deserves but automatic failure I am gob smacked by such policy. Also, I like to relate these results of personality and leadership or ethics with my coaching style. I would like to reflect on my true nature as a coach and do what I say rather than say what to do. With this out my results for the Ethical Leadership Style Questionnaire are as follows:

Virtue: 4; Justice: 4; Utilitarian: 2; Egoism: 0; Duty: 0; Caring: 0

It is interesting because I believe you cannot have true justice without virtue. They are like 2 sides of the same coin, one has to be fair but at the same time pulls from what they belief, and usually what is fair usually correlates with the right belief. As the example I stated above, with the student. The results above indicate that I focus on treating others fairly when facing ethical dilemmas, which is part of the justice style, and act out of integrity, and own principles of goodness which I can see is correlated to my personality and how I interact, which I think is close to my style of work. I would always treat coworkers and colleges how I would like to be treated.

In all my writings I say that I don’t believe that the questionnaire alone is enough to determine one’s true style. Again, I believe that the questionnaire should reflect on the person’s personality and experiences, that is how one can come to a true view of oneself. Knowing the personality can determine how one will interact along with history/experience, one’s upbringing can show why they do or choose a particular outcome, could be social or cultural or to some extent psychological. The questionnaire is good as a starting point to figure out one’s style but again there needs to be that combination of the above.

Through this I learned that my ethical style is also in correlation to my principles, this is interesting because at times I do not follow the rules nor the policies; within the fine line of the law of the policy, so technically not breaking the policy but not following it neither so I am not shocked one bit that my ethical style is justice and virtue. Its make sense as sometime the right decision are not correlated to what the policy states there has to be some sense to the decision, in some cases we have to use our values and principles along with what is fair to make such decisions even if it could cause ones reputation or job, the importance is to stick with true self values and principles and that should be the right thing to do, in my opinion.


[1] 12 ENFP Functions Explained – Cognitive, Shadow and Sarcastic

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