HR310 Unit 6 Discussion / Critical Thinking

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Unit 6: Discussion

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Managing Conflict and Addressing Ethics in Leadership

In Chapter 11, conflict is described as a felt struggle between two or more interdependent individuals over perceived incompatible differences in beliefs, values, and goals, or over differences in desires for esteem, control, and connectedness. Conflict is an interactive process between two or more parties that requires effective human interaction. This chapter will explore ways that conflict can be managed to produce positive change and approaches for resolving conflict.

Moral leadership is the need of the day. Chapter 12 will examine the nature of ethical leadership, the defining factors of ethical leadership, and the challenges of universally defining ethical leadership (Northouse, 2021).

Unit Learning Outcomes

  • Identify ways to manage conflict through change (CLO 3, CLO 4, and CLO 5).
  • Contrast approaches for resolving conflict (CLO 5).
  • Analyze ethical leadership (CLO 2 and CLO 3).


Review the unit resources and assigned chapters. Answer the discussion questions and submit for review. Primary post is due by Wednesday (11:59 pm, CST). Respond to at least two peer postings. Peer postings are due by Friday (11:59 pm, CST). Your peer responses should:

  • State if you share their perspective.
  • Explain your perspective on the issue.
  • Support your perspective with reasoning or justification.

Please be sure to use supporting material from the chapter to strengthen your discussion and justify your answers. There is no length limit; however, you should answer each question thoroughly.

Discussion Etiquette

  • You should consider the discussion threads as being analogous to the kind of discussions typical of a face-to-face class: strive to be yourself, have a voice, and to say things that are interesting, provocative, and respectful.
  • Since this is an educational setting, you are encouraged to proofread, and to avoid the more slang- and emoticon-fueled discourse that appear on social media.
  • One of the goals here is professional preparation; if you would not say or do something in the workplace, then you should not post similar material in a discussion thread.

Due Date

  • First post due 11:59 p.m., Wednesday CT
  • Respond to two or more classmates by 11:59 p.m., Friday, CT.

Discussion Questions

For Unit 6, you will address the following tasks in one discussion post (Primary Post):

  • Chapter 11 – one opening question and one additional question of your choice.
  • Chapter 12 – one opening question and one additional question of your choice.
  • Critical Thinking – Read the following report (Global Gender Gap Report 2020 from the World Economic Forum) and share your findings.

Chapter 11

  1. How do you feel when engaged in conflict? What metaphor describes your feeling: Is conflict like war? A game?

Choose one of the following additional questions to answer:

  • Which of the five conflict styles is most difficult for you to implement? Why?
  • Are there some conflicts that are unmanageable? Why or why not?
  • How would you use the Fisher and Ury method of principled negotiation in a conflict that concerns different values?
  • In what ways are societal conflicts different from interpersonal conflicts? What concepts from this chapter would be helpful to use in any conflict situation?
  • In what ways is conflict resolution different if you are the one experiencing the conflict versus the one mediating between others in conflict?
  • Does being in a leadership position make it easier or more challenging to resolve your own conflicts with others? Why or why not?

Chapter 12

  1. Have you experienced times when a leader’s ethics have been questionable? If so, how did it make you feel? If not, how could it make you feel?

Choose one of the following additional questions to answer:

  • Are there times when the ends justify the means? Why or why not?
  • How would you address a boss or an employee who was working in an unethical manner?
  • Where do personal ethics come from?
  • In what contexts do you let people know your values and what you stand for?
  • Have you ever paid a price for taking an ethical stand on an issue?
  • What is our ethical responsibility toward future generations?
  • Should we hold leaders to a higher standard regarding ethics? Why or why not?
  • Do you feel society has become desensitized to unethical behavior by leaders?
  • How can a leader’s ethics permeate a group or organization so that their values become shared by all?
  • How can a person build credibility with co-workers and supervisors?

ritical Thinking Discussion


Whistleblowers are individuals bring to light corruption and ethical failures, often at great personal cost. Research a famous example of whistleblowing and consider the following questions:

  • Why did the individual “blow the whistle? (What was the reason and what did they hope to accomplish?)”
  • How did the public revelation change the lives of the whistleblowers?
  • What would you do in a similar situation?