Central to a leaders continued ethical behavior is their willingness to a continue their own professional development.
The process of professional development can take many forms, including online classes and/or seminars, face to face classes, seminars, workshops and more. However, professional development will also include continued reading, research and education, to make sure that he leader stays current on policies, procedures and new opportunities for client care. Professional development means that a leader hones any professional skills that are needed to keep them fresh and open to new ideas.
When a leader continues their professional development, they are able to assist employees who want to develop their careers. They also bring fresh ideas to meetings and provide innovative ideas at the right time to allow the organization to grow.
In my situation, my continued professional development has allowed me to make better ethical decisions about how patients and families should be treated. I work for a religious nonprofit organization that has the same values that I have so my ethical behavior is easy to articulate. Because my ethical beliefs and my religion are similar to the organizations, I can more freely make decisions about how to handle employees, patients and their families that automatically fall in line with the organizations values and religious beliefs.
Professional development in an organization must start with an understanding of its goals and objectives and with the leaders understanding of the vision statement. Luc (2009) suggests that a vision statement:
When comparing this information to ethical professional development, it occurred to me that the vision statement is important to the organization to set the foundation for leaders to begin their understanding of why they need to continue their professional development. The reason for this is that the vision