WHAT IS ETHICAL LEADERSHIP? Defining ethics and leadership is more than just uniting the individual definitions to create “the art of motivating a group of people to deal with what is good and bad, act towards achieving a moral goal with duty and obligation.” Brown, states “the demonstration of normatively appropriate conduct through personal actions and interpersonal relationships, and the promotion of such conduct to followers through two-way communication, reinforcement, and decision-making” (Brown et al., 2005, p. 120). Ethical leadership requires traits developed through constant practice, exemplification trustworthy, fair, honest behavior, and direct, clear communication of ethical motives in decision making to influence others to do
The leader is more likely to be seen as a role model and a good leader by exhibiting his or her ethical behaviour, which have influence the actions of others. Therefore, holding to a set of ethical values is essential to good leadership. Adhering to ethical value of integrity is another
Though these guiding principles help the engineers and other professionals to strength their professional values such as honesty, respect the colleagues and think for the welfare of the general public. However these values have been already in the minds of the engineers, but these values helps to improve the qualities in a better manner among the engineers, and not inculcating recently. The main objective of engineering ethics is to enable the individuals to understand the moral responsibilities in a clear and careful manner. So, the main aim of studying engineering ethics is to enhance the moral autonomy within him. Moral autonomy is a skill and habit of thinking ethical problems in a balanced manner.
(Brown, Trevino and Harrison 2005, p.120). Ethical leadership is related with many factors like trust, engagement, values, motivation, commitment and performance. Brown and others emphasized on three behavioral aspects. They proposed that ethical leaders are charismatic, they are honest, and they treat fairly. Will summarize these behavioral aspects briefly: Transformational/charismatic leadership: These type of leaders known as charismatic and affective.
Ethical issue intensity - First step in ethical decision making is to recognize that an ethical issue requires an individual or work group to choose among several actions that various stakeholders inside or outside of the firm will ultimately evaluate as right or wrong. The intensity of an ethical issue relates to its perceived importance to the decision maker. Ethcal issue intensity reflects the ethical sensitivity of the individuals or work group that faces the ethical decision making process. The individuals sense of situvation’s moral inttensity increases the individuals perceptiveness regarding ethical problems which in turn reduces his or her intension to act
Leadership in Organizations Introduction Leadership is important to ensure the efficient functioning of an organization. Leadership is not the preserve of the management of the organization. However, it is important for the organizational managers to be good leaders so that they inspire confidence and motivate the followers to ensure that the goals and objectives of the organization are achieved (Bonnici & Cooper, 2011). This paper will define leadership and its importance to the organization. A description of the different leadership styles will be presented in the paper together with the important characteristics that leaders should have.
What is Ethical Leadership some may ask. It is leadership that shows through the actions of having respect for ethical beliefs and values, and for the dignity and rights of others. Ethics is associated with the morals and values an individual finds desirable. It is a philosophical term originating from Greek word “ethos” meaning custom or character. While in the United States Marine Corps, the definition of ethics in an organizational setting was as follows: “Ethics”, in an organizational context, comprises a set of behavioral standards, expressed as norms, principles, procedural guides, or rules of behavior, defining what is appropriate (right) and inappropriate(wrong).
Treviño & Brown, 2005 offer a social learning perspective to suggest that “leaders influence ethical and unethical conduct through modeling processes, and also offer a social learning perspective to suggest that subordinates are likely to reciprocate with the positive behavior when they and their leaders are involved in relationships that are based on admiration and trust. This perspective shows how Ebbers unethical behavior influenced his managers and employees. Ebbers could have used ethical leadership style and influence to avoid deviant among subordinates if he has focused on commitment and passion rather than desperation, reasonable growth/expansion rather than over ambitious growth/expansion. This positive leadership style and strategy would have helped him in transmitting and communicating good values, positive attitudes and behavior that brings successful results and outcomes. Key managers could have perform ethically and effective if they had call attention to unethical acts and behavior in order to correct them or alternatively blow whistle to expose unethical acts, practices and behaviors if executives are not willing to set ethical acts and
First of all, when marketing products, all marketing managers should ask the question, ‘what is right’ and ‘what is wrong’ to determine if there is good intentions (Saucier, 2008). Ethical marketing seeks fairness, honesty and responsibility. This can be a complicated subject due to subjective judgements in regards to “right” and “wrong” (Marketing-Schools.org, 2012). Good moral principles state we treat others with respect and dignity (Saucier, 2008). By having good moral principles, this should be a priority over self-interest (Saucier, 2008).
They can affect followers’ lives either negatively or positively. Followers are watching more what a leader does rather than what a leader says. If there are inconsistency in leader’s speech and behaviour, then leader lost its integrity. An ethical leadership can be produced with practice. Instead of sharing example and stories of ethical leadership, followers will be understand ethical action better.