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What Role Do Ethics Play in Making Both Individuals and Teams Successful? Essay

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Leading our lives in a fair way and not deceiving anyone on our way to success, is very important if you want to feel good about yourselves. Everyone wants to win in every aspect of life, but we have to remember to have sportsmanship, not gamesmanship. According to Kirk O. Hanson and Matt Savage of scu. edu, Gamesmanship is when winning is everything for you, no matter what you have to do for it, even if you have to hurt people on the way, even if you have to be unethical. Gamesmanship suggests to go agains the rules to gain a advantage over your opponent to help you succeed.

But we sometimes forget winning something being unethical doesn’t give us the pleasure you get when you win something fairly. Ethics comes from the Greek word ethos, which means “character”. It defines a man’s character, his moral and principles, and the way he behaves. People think that when they are winning something they are achieving something, it’s an achievement. But no, there is a big difference in winning and achieving. You achieve when you accomplish something successfully, by effort and skill.

Not when you have paid someone to lose or take steroids or fake a injury. We might play sports for entertainment, to stay fit, to kill time, as an hobby or professionally. Sports is something that could cause conflict between two best friends while playing basketball or bring two enemies together to fight a common enemy. It brings the whole world together in the olympics and make one country cheer for another in the world cups. Being sporty gets you respect and also sometimes money. It is a display of your physical exertion and skills, but some people don’t get that.

Either is a friendly math between two groups or a big match spectated by the whole world, some people cant control their actions and do something unethical. When a country’s national team loses you can see the tears and with surprise wins comes tears of joy. For example the national cricket team is a big representation of Bangladesh, it is one of Bangladesh’s biggest prides, they worship and even throw eggs at players, at times. Sports is all physical, but a lot people are really connected to it, emotionally.

So maybe thats why professional players sometimes choose the easier way to please people, the unethical way. Some times we cheat to win a game, maybe to impress other, maybe you had a lot betting on it or maybe just because of fear of losing. We move aside our conscious and act without thinking. But, we have to remember, at the end everyone will know. Thats just the way the cookie crumbles. Some of the ethics issue regarding players are, drugs, breaking the rules, physical violence and faking injuries. Another problem is having gamesmanship.

When you are too focused on winning rather than the safety or rules, you will end up hurting someone or breaking the rules, which you might or might have not intended. So no point of all the hard work and cheating, if you get a red card and have to watch the rest of the match from the bench. Many professionals fake injuries or foul to get the player from the opposite team in trouble, but that is really going against the ethics. If you really want to win so bad that ?you would lie and act, then just improve your skills, because at the end of the day thats what counts.

Players fake injuries to slow down a match to catch a breath or to pause a match right before the opponent was about to score. These fake falls to the ground might convince the referee but the officials at league headquarters observes the tapes later on to determine if it was legit. According to seattletimes. com NBA will start fining players for faking fouls. “Players will get a warning the first time, then be fined $5,000 for a second violation. The fines increase to $10,000 for a third offense, $15,000 for a fourth and $30,000 the fifth time.

Six or more could lead to a suspension. ” Now using drugs like steroids are a common case in the sports world, which has been highlighted because of the recent Lance armstrong incident. There are a lot of professional players who use drugs to improve the performance. These drugs help to build more stamina, make players faster, stronger and many physical improvements. According to ethics. org “Being wealthy and popular at a young age makes a professional athlete very vulnerable in this regard.

In addition to considering the athlete’s health, we have to be very careful about their images since many successful young athletes are role models for children around the world. ” “International governing bodies of sports have a long list of forbidden materials that should not be taken before, during or after training periods and competitions. ” Steroids and other drugs might improve physical performance, but it is really harmful for our health. Some athletes have even died because of drug usage.

After Lance armstrong was proved to used EPO, all his medals were taken from him and according to edition. cnn. com, “In one day, the renowned cyclist and cancer survivor lost a major endorsement deal with Nike — once worth millions of dollars — and the chairmanship of the cancer charity he founded 15 years ago. ” So as you can see being unethical costed him all his medal and brands. Even after winning everything, he is not successful anymore. Physical violence is another common issue in sports. Players often give into pressure or anger and hit opponents in the middle of games.

According to aces. edu, “Solve disagreements, respond to insults and deal with anger peacefully and without violence; Don’t use threats or physical force to get what you want or to express anger. Don’t be a bully. Don’t tolerate anyone picking on someone who is weaker or smaller. ” physical violence costs hard for athletes as they can be banned from the match or the whole tournament. All this issues are not only seen in big matches, we can see the in our everyday lives too. One example is from the tournaments ISD participates in.

The matches are played between different schools, and one particular school named, Sunbeams is quite popular in terms of using physical violence. Doing these they might win the game but they are losing respect and gaining enemies. All these unethical actions might help the athletes to win the matches but they will not be successful, as we have seen. They will get caught, they will get punished and at the end all the hard work will be for nothing. And at the end you might cost your team the success too as your actions do affect your team.

To me being ethical is really important to be successful, cause if you become unethical and do something wrong or unfair, it will haunt you forever, also if you are unethical, you will suffer the consequences. Ethics bring a positive attitude to a game, which is ruined when you try to bend the rules and it always ends up backfiring. So its not worth it, we should just work harder, improve our skill and play better than the other team to win instead of being unethical.

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