To me, ethics is defining your moral directives, typically written as a list. They are practices and actions that are in the best interest of all parties involved. In a sense, they are common ideas that all decent human beings should share and believe in. These moral directives typically come from your personal beliefs.
In my experience, the politics involved within a school and in many business types can test the personal code of ethics of any school leaders. I was raised to hold strong to my beliefs and to not skew my moral compass for any reason. There is no doubt, there will be situations that test my personal code of ethics. There could be a situation where I choose between maintaining my personal code of ethics or get a written reprimand, or worse, fired. These could also be times where I risk a bad public view or strained relationships with colleagues, superiors, or the community in order to maintain my personal code of ethics.
My personal code of ethics will always be a driving force in my decision making as a school leader. I know I will not be able to function well if I continual compromise my morals. The most important aspect would be the fair treatment of all students and staff. It is undeniably critical to ensure the fair treatment of all. However, this is not always going to make my decisions popular, which means sticking to my ethics will be tested and important. Also, I firmly believe rules are rules. We must hold all staff and students to the expectations set for them. In decision making, I will always consider the rules set by the campus, district, and state. It would be unethical to waive a rule for one, but hold it strict for another. It hurts me when I see school leaders allow their friends to do whatever they want, while holding other teachers to a different standard. If a rule is set, it should be set for all individuals.
Everyone should be treated equal and fair from the lowest to the highest on the totem pole…simple as that.