HSM Personal Leadership Plan
Mary Ann Davis
HSM/230 Ethical Issues in Human Services Organizations
March 31, 2013
University of Phoenix
Consider a dilemma: You are the director of a community-based human services organization that includes sites in several towns. A state budget crisis is threatening to reduce your funding by 30%. The head of the state funding agency suggests to you that you simply close down a site. That means both laying off dedicated staff members and denying services to a community and a group of people that has come to rely on you. Perhaps more important, it means deciding among several communities, to all of which you have made a commitment. How do you handle the situation? What will you do?
These are ethical questions. Leaders of organizations, initiatives, and institutions-not to mention politicians-face them nearly every day, and have to make decisions. The decisions they make, as well as the ways by which they make those decisions, determine whether or not they are ethical leaders. Whether you direct a small organization, are in charge of a group in a larger organization, head a large agency or institution, or simply sometimes take an informal leadership role in your daily life, the issue of ethical leadership is one you cannot avoid (ctb.ku.edu). Homelessness is an ongoing issue in the United States that needs community and governmental assistance. With the economy in a state of recession, the rate of homelessness is continuing to increase with no sign of slowing down. People are losing their incomes causing them to lose their homes. While some are able to downsize to a smaller place, still others are unable to secure a place to live and, therefore, they have to resort to either living with relatives, in motels or even shelters.
As a leader in the homeless field, the moral responsibilities would be helping those who cannot begin to help themselves, treating each person with dignity and respect,...
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