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Can someone kindly evaluate my Issue Essay?

Rose Mary Johnson

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Issue Task Prompt: Although sound moral judgment is an important characteristic of an effective leader, it is not as important as a leader’s ability to maintain the respect of his or her peers.

I agree with the ideas put forth in this sentence. Even though the importance of exercising sound moral judgement cannot be downplayed, it is more important for a leader to develop a respectful and courteous atmosphere in any operational environment.

Cordial relationships play an important role when it comes to brainstorming ideas and working towards a common goal. When people feel that they have a leader who ensures that their voices are heard and believes in their potential and capabilities, they will feel more confident to come forward and express their thoughts and concerns. Furthermore, in maintaining the respect of his/her peers, the leader plays a pivotal role in empowering each of them. Greater commitment and dedication is also elicited to the task at hand. It is also important to note that no matter how pure the intentions of the leader, moral judgement is highly subjective. The verdicts of a leader who relies on moral judgement are prone to misinterpretation. A leader who relies solely on his/her moral judgement can be accused of trying to establish a morally higher ground. Such a leader also runs the risk of being seen as autocratic or quashing democratic ideals.

One can argue that respecting the opinion of all peers can lead to the breakdown of structure within any organisation and the dissolution of hierarchy. Weighing and considering each person's opinion can also lead to a loss of time and duplication of efforts. In such a case, the presence of an experienced and well-meaning leader is much more likely desired.

In a nutshell, a leader's ability to stay grounded and respect the ideas and opinions of his/her peers is of paramount importance. Such a trait can overshadow the benefits of a sound moral judgement.

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