The Moral DNA of Managers

The Moral DNA of Managers

Are you an Angel, a Judge or a Guardian? The moral make up of managers differs greatly from the general population, with higher numbers of Philosophers, Judges and Enforcers. As a result, 28% of people in management roles lack empathy when making decisions. Where do you fit in?

MoralDNA measures two aspects of human morality, how we prefer to make moral decisions and what moral values we prefer to consider when doing so. In March 1533 members of the Chartered Management Institute were compared against a national data base of over 100,000 profiles. Here are the outcomes.

No dilemma is too big a challenge for these 24% of managers who try to determine the fairest course of action when making decisions. However, they often show lack of empathy with others when making tough calls. Some 15% of the population are Judges.

28% of managers regard themselves as Philosophers, good at solving problems but likely to bend the rules for a higher principle. Only 17% of the general adult population fall into this category.

Protective by nature but sometimes failing to consider principles such as trust and other people’s feelings, 17% of the general population are Guardians compared to only 11% of managers.

22% of managers follow the law and are happy to remind others of the rules, as opposed to only 15% of the general population. They may appear cold, lack empathy and forget that the principle is often more important than the letter of the law.

High ethics of care and a higher likelihood of giving people the benefit of the doubt are characteristics typical of only 9% of managers. Among the general adult population, some 18% are Angels.

Caring and always right, at least in their own mind, Teachers sometimes fail to consider moral principles and can break the rules if they think they know best. Some 55% of managers are Teachers compared to 18% of the rest of the population.

Other results of interest:

Old Rogues
Managers aged 65 plus are 27% less compliant than manager colleagues in their late 20s.

Ladies First
Women score 5% higher than men on the ethics of care at work.

God’s Truth
Managers with any religious faith are 8% more honest than non-religious managers.

Red Radicals
Left-wing managers are 11% less obedient than right-wingers.