Ethical leadership and decision making from the nursing service leaders’ perspective

International Journal of Research Studies in Management
CollabWritive Special Issue
2023 Volume 11 Issue 12

Available Online: 31 December 2023


Olpos, Easther M.
Graduate School, Lyceum of the Philippines University – Batangas, Philippines


This study investigates the challenges and opportunities for implementing ethical leadership among nurse managers at Batangas Medical Center. Ethical leadership is crucial for promoting a positive work environment, employee satisfaction, and ultimately, enhancing patient care. The theoretical framework is grounded in Utilitarianism, emphasizing the pursuit of the greatest good for the greatest number and the centrality of equality in ethical decision-making. Purposive sampling and qualitative content analysis will be employed to assess barriers to ethical leadership in nursing. Fifteen nurse managers with a minimum of two years of managerial experience and a deep understanding of ethics will participate in the study. Data collection through semi-structured questionnaires and one-on-one interviews aims to achieve data saturation. Participants articulate ethical leadership as a principled approach prioritizing moral values, integrity, and ethical standards in guiding behavior and decisions. The study highlights ethical leaders extending beyond organizational goals to prioritize the well-being of team members, stakeholders, and the broader community, serving as exemplars of trust, empathy, and accountability. Introducing an ethical leadership model, the research emphasizes creating maximum societal value through a utilitarian perspective. Drawing from Bazerman’s insights, the model encourages managers to overcome cognitive obstacles hindering ethical decision-making. Managers committed to generating value can shape organizational behavior by establishing norms and fostering an environment that prioritizes ethical considerations. In conclusion, this research aims to illuminate challenges and opportunities in ethical leadership within nursing, offering insights to improve the ethical climate in healthcare organizations, enhance patient care, and elevate employee satisfaction.

Keywords: ethical leadership, ethical environment, decision-making, utilitarianism, healthcare



Cite this article:
Olpos, E. M. (2023). Ethical leadership and decision making from the nursing service leaders’ perspective. International Journal of Research Studies in Management, 11(12), 95-103.