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In life or death situations, people rarely think about leadership or the ethical consequences of their decisions, such as whether the ethics of self-interest are as valid as the ethics of altruism, or how context affects our decision making. While most of the decisions we make at work do not have life/death implications, we are often faced with unexpected ethical dilemmas. Do you have a contingency plan to deal with them? These are the concepts you will consider with your peers in this discussion.

To complete this discussion, first read Parable of the Sadhu; then, for your initial post, address the following:

  • Explain whether you think McCoy did anything wrong. If so, what and why? If not, defend your argument.
  • Consider what can be said in McCoy’s defense. Describe how you could construct a defense of his actions and argue he either did the right thing or at least did nothing bad?
  • If this had been on a busy city sidewalk instead of on the top of the mountain, do you think McCoy’s decisions would be different? Why or why not?
  • How would leadership have made a difference in this situation?