How to Get Out of Ethical Dilemmas ...

and Feel Good About Doing What is Right!


Leadership Tip of the Month by Ron Jasniowski


How to do what is right when asked to compromise:


  • RESOLVE: First realize you have a right to do what is right and it is wrong for anyone to tempt you to do what is wrong.

  • STALL: Back away from the pressure of the moment by saying, I'm not comfortable with this or I need some time to think about this or I don't know about this. Then collect your thoughts and strengthen your resolve to do what is right!

  • SYMPATHIZE: "I want to do all I can to help you but this is beyond what I can do."

  • EXCUSE: "Some people have the intestinal fortitude for things like this, but I don't.  Or ... I've made a commitment to our Creator to follow His Biblical principles and this violates my conscience regarding His commandments about compromising and cowardice." Rev 21:8

  • PLACE THE BURDEN ON THEM: "Are you asking me:
      -to do something that is unethical?
      -to do something that is illegal?
      -to lie?
    I found those questions often get people to back off immediately. For those that don't back off, place the burden on them to come up with a creative alternative that both of you can live with.

    -Explain this is unwise for both of us because of the possible consequence of ...
    -If they ask you to lie, explain: When you ask others to lie for you, it will not be long before they lie to you! When people lie for you, they don't comply for your sake. They comply for their own sake because they don't want the negative consequences from not lying.

  • BE BOLD: Just say I can't do that. Remember unethical requests are selfish. It is egregious for them to involve you in their impropriety and interfere with your right to do what is right! Be bold, but also meek. If they challenge you by saying others do it (or you did it before) say, "That doesn't matter. This is wrong and this can lead to major problems."

  • PREPARE: If you have reason to believe you may encounter an ethical dilemma soon, prepare for it by role playing with someone. If you don't premeditate how you will exercise your right to do what is right, you are in great danger of compromising.

We all are one decision away from losing our honor!


Nobody is expected to use all these steps. They are there for you to pick and choose those that fit for you.


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