I Didn’t Do It Essay

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This report is comprised of the three primary values/virtues I believe an Ethical leader should poses in the modern business marketplace.
1. Diligence
2. Reliability
3. Forbearance
With each of these values I have argued my position using examples of real life incidents where a single decision lead to tragedy. The research was conducted mainly through legally produced documents from each incidents inquiry into the events which caused each independent situation. I have used moral theory to relate these situations to modern business ethics, this gives practical application to ethical decision making and leadership skills. The summation of findings ...view middle of the document...

Rockefeller Jr”( “Noblesse Oblige”, 2014)

Diligence: The attention and care legally expected or required of a person (as a party to a contract)

Elliot Lake Ontario is a small community which houses only one major shopping mall with a population of approximately 12,000 (“Key Statistics”, 2014). June 2012, this building collapsed killing two people and ended the careers and livelihoods of many people in the community. The presiding reason that was determined by the Elliot Lake inquiry was a “lack of diligent maintenance and proper corrective actions.” (SAGE: Seniors Action Group of Elliot Lake). According to the Elliot Lake inquiry (Belanger, 2014), three owners who all owned the mall back to back, allowed the structure to continue, further and further, into deterioration despite its visible and notable presence of leakage and the public’s numerous reports that were held up with bureaucratic red tape.
“It was a human monumental failure” Paul Belanger says in the Elliot Lake inquiry report, born of “apathy, neglect, indifference through mediocrity and incompetence” of a long series of city and provincial officials whose very job it was to protect the public. (News; Belanger, 2014)
Commissioner Paul Belanger notes engineering reports outlining concerns and identifying recommended corrective action were not heeded, the sale(s) of the Algo Center Mall was done in secrecy and the only reasons that were apparent was greed on behalf of all three owners (Belanger, 2014). “Some engineering inspections were so cursory and incomplete, they were essentially meaningless” Paul Belenger stated (News). The resulting testimony resulted in the shared opinion, on the part of the mall owners, of their actions resulting from apparent economic concerns.
As Benjamin Franklin says “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Benjamin Franklin then proceeded to organize the first Philadelphia Union Fire Company (Blatchford)
In teleological theories, McLachlan writes, rule utilitarianism focuses on formulating rules for ethical and unethical ways of acting, based on long range consequences to society of those rules (McLachlan, 2009). These were actually developed by commissioner Belanger and his team, to set precedence, all further situations relating to the circumstances which lead to the mall’s collapse. The fact that the existing problems with the mall went neglected for so long, was due to an extreme lack of diligence on the part of a great many individuals. I grew up in Elliot Lake and for as long as I can remember going to the Algo Center Mall, there were always repair and leakage issues. The stairs and escalator were frequently out of order where the collapse took place, there were also frequent patch repair jobs taking place on the roof top parking, which I always thought strange that people would park on the roof of a building. I frequently visited the mall from 1988 to 2004 and had family members inside, at the collapse site, who were among the...

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