How Do Leaders Promote Ethical Behavior

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Written Assignment Organization leaders have greater influence in transmitting and promoting moral standards, values and ethical behavior in organization. Organization leadership should pay attention to promoting positive moral values and standards, ethical behaviors that help the organization in achieving successful results and outcomes. Ebbers contentious display of destructive unethical deviant behavior set unethical standards and negative moral values for the organization which contributed tremendously to WorldCom financial scandals that resulted in the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history. According to Murphy & Enderle, 1995 descriptive business ethics literature, executive leaders set the ethical tone at the top of organization and shape…show more content…
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…show more content…
By way of the idealized influence component, Transformational leaders are thought to influence followers to develop a collectivistic orientation rather than a selfish one, to internalize moral values transmitted by the leader (Shamir, House, & Arthur, 1993). In Ebbers case there was no moral values transmitted. Things considered moral values that makes him seem a good leader are unethical because of the motive behind it. Ethical leaders are considered both “moral persons” and “moral managers” (Treviño et al, 2000). According to Treviño & Brown, 2005 “Ethical leaders are thought to be moral persons because they are honest and trustworthy, take good care of their people, and do the right things in both their personal and professional lives. They make decisions based on values and ethical decision rules, and they are fair and concerned about stakeholders’ interests and long-term outcomes”. Ebbers did not display nor demonstrated any of the above characteristics of ethical leaders, he rather displayed unethical characteristics which was not obvious but was later exposed and the outcomes was in different forms of scandals. Yes, Ebbers could have used characteristics of ethical leaders to accomplish a successful results and outcomes

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