Personal values refer to the characteristics of behaviors that guide us and motivate decision-making. Examples of personal values include loyalty, respect, love, honesty, and trust, achievement, respect, and being respected. In all values, the importance depends on the way the individual uses the value towards others or how they behave. This research will illustrate the importance of having these values and illustrate ethical situations where I stood for what is right and the other one where I just kept quiet.
Loyalty refers to being committed and truthful to something or someone or an organization. Commitment includes integrity and consistency towards the specific person venture or to you. Loyalty helps to create security as a person feels comfortable with no doubts of mistrust in their instincts or other people’s decisions ( Sagiv et al, 630). Additionally, it helps to design and develop a form of connection, making it easy to express your views and also respect other people’s opinions even where they differ from yours. A sense of pride is developed as loyalty ensures there are good intentions and purity of decision making giving a sense of respect and kindness to other people.
Achievement value refers to the self-pride and incentive that a person, group, or organization feels after successfully concluding a given task. Achievement promotes confidence and encouragement towards fulfilling personal goals and objectives. Additionally, this value promotes cohesion amongst people in society as working together to fulfill a vision that makes personal connections to be built (Arieli et al, 1). Achievement value provides a lesson learned on weaknesses and strengths in the undertaking of tasks and meeting new challenges. Moreover, people or groups with motivated achievement values consistently endure improving in their ways of undertaking responsibilities better.
Love value is a virtue, and the most significant value a person, group, or institution should have. Love is felt by way of showing concern to others, having unselfish kindness to others by being compassionate, thoughtful, and caring towards others. Respect towards other people helps to create a sense of belonging and the ability of a person to be comfortable in a particular environment (Sagiv et al, 633). Additionally, love helps to share the good we have with other people, such as being selfless, humble, generous, and being appreciative of other people. Love enables an individual or organization to develop different values for their interactions and behavior towards other people.
Honesty refers to the fact of being fair and straightforward in our conduct and speech. In contrast, trust refers to the belief and having confidence in the integrity, fairness, and reliability of a person or organization. Honesty and trust go hand in hand as they lead to other virtues such as transparency, accountability, integrity, discipline, and fairness (Arieli et al, 1). These two values help in building confidence towards other people and towards you, leading to an excellent interpersonal relationship with others. Additionally, being honest and trustworthy makes one earn respect from others, thereby creating faith and freedom for other people(Borg et al, 1). Trust enables us to build on positive relationships with others leading to interdependence amongst people.
Family value refers to the sense of feeling comfortable and belonging towards an individual or group of people. As family refers to a group of people related by blood, so is the value of family. The value provides a sense of belonging and self-acceptance of an individual or a group of people. Additionally, the value assists in decision making as the family has a significant influence on the way a person makes decisions( Borg et al, 1). A sense of protection as a person feels secure to have a conversation or rely on a person for help. Moreover, family values determine how we interact and behave towards other people, taking actions, and how we conduct relationships.
Respect and Being Respected
Respect refers to accepting people on who they are in their diversity or similarity to your beliefs, actions, or intentions. Respect and respecting others start from taking your strengths and weaknesses and recognizing that other people are different too. This value helps to create a fair environment where a diversity of views is respected and upheld, leading to a harmonious environment (Eva et al, 1). In the workplace, respect increases worker engagement leading to increased work productivity and job satisfaction. Additionally, connection leads to knowledge sharing as different views lead to sharing knowledge, thereby creating a learning environment.
In my place of work, I encountered a situation where the hiring manager decided to promote one of the workers with a clear indication of violating the company policies of motivating employees. I decided to ask him about the reasons for such malpractice, but he told me to keep quiet about it. I decided to report the matter to the human resource department, who then handled the case with the executives, and the issue was settled on the motivation process.
A week ago, I decided to go outside a food joint just beside my place of residence since I felt tired to cook and just wanted a snack. I entered the food joint ordered some snacks and sat down to eat as I browse on the phones having my thoughts. Suddenly a well-muscled man came in and started to shout, disturbing the peace of everyone inside there. One of the waiters tried to confront him politely to either keep quiet or get out; to the surprise of everyone, he removed a pistol from his pocket and threatened to shoot anyone who questioned him. I just kept quiet and slowly picked my food and left trembling.
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