Leadership in the Field: Fostering Moral Courage

Joan Groessl
2017 The Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics   unpublished
Moral courage requires commitment to moral principles and action on those principles in the face of a threat to personal well-being. Self-awareness is a critical first step in being able to commit to ethical principles (Mattison, 2000). Ethical decision-making is a process and requires that participants be aware of how values, assumptions, moral development, and emotional skills influence decision-making. This article focuses on strategies to ensure instructors, supervisors, and colleagues are
more » ... and colleagues are responsive to the needs of clients when presented with challenges in practice. Clearly identifying moral structures consistent with social work standards is an effective way to foster moral courage. Facilitating moral decisions and ensuring least harm to all parties involved is at the core of social work ethical decision-making. Social workers need to not only act in an ethical manner; they must also be ethical beings.