What Are Ethical Dilemmas?

Ethics are the moral standards and principles by which entities (individuals and organizations) govern their behaviors and decision-making. When these standards and principles conflict with each other in a decision-making situation, an ethical dilemma may occur.

Some examples of ethical dilemma examples include: Taking credit for others’ work. Offering a client a worse product for your own profit. Utilizing inside knowledge for your own profit.

Any situation that makes an individual question the right thing to do is an ethical dilemma. Ethical dilemmas make an individual think critically about their duties, responsibilities and obligations to the organization and general society. In most cases, the dilemmas that one face are complex and almost impossible to solve. By complex, I mean that one is faced with a problem and is somewhat expected to choose between two rights. Therefore, it is essential to note that when you find yourself in a situation where you have to choose between a right and a wrong, that is not a dilemma.