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Ethics and Leadership
Transcript of Ethics and Leadership
Ethics is concerned with the kinds of values and morals an individual or society finds desirable or appropriate (Northouse 424)
Leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal (Northouse 5).
How Ethics and Leadership Work Together
Ethical leadership is concerned with the nature of leaders' behaviors, and with their virtuousness. In any decision-making situation, ethical issues are either implicitly or explicitly involved. The choices leaders make and how they respond in any given circumstance are informed and directed by their ethics
Why Practice Ethical Leadership?
Role Model for organization
Build trust with followers
Credibility and Respect
Leads to Collaboration
Creates a good climate
(Dr. Lucas, page 3)
Principles of Ethical Leadership
Strengths and Weaknesses
High demand for moral leadership
Integral part of the broader idea of leadership
Focuses on virtues of leaders
Not a lot of research about it
Relies on writings of a few people that are strongly influenced by their personal opinions
Ethical Leaders' Values and their Followers
Not just about "What is Right"
Leaders and followers are trying to achieve common goal
Create value within organization
A leader's purpose, vision, and values are for the benefit of the entire organization
Create and maintain a two-way conversation
(Freeman and Stewart, page 4)
How to be an Ethical Leader
Articulate and embody organization's purpose
Focus on organization success
Find and develop best people
Create mechanisms of dissent
Understanding of other's values
Make tough calls
Know your limits
Frame actions in ethical terms
Don't separate "business" from "ethics"
(Freeman and Stewart, page 6)
Donahue. "5 Principles of Ethical Leadership." Dr. Bill Donahue Conference Speaker Author and Leadership Consultant. RSS. N.p.,n.d. Web
Freeman, R. Edward and Stewart, Lisa. "Developing Ethical Leadership". Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics, 2006. Web.
Lucas, Nance. “Global Leadership: A Turn of the Kaleidoscope." Chapter 4 of Concepts, Challenges, and Realities of Leadership: An International Perspective. Web.
Northouse, Peter G. Leadership: Theory and Practice. 6th ed. Los Angeles: Sage Publications. 2013. Print.