An Ethically Oriented, Value Based Culture

1805 Words Mar 10th, 2016 8 Pages
Establishing an ethically oriented, value-based culture in an organization requires engagement strategies at all levels. However, without leadership who values ethical behavior, and is noticeably committed, it can be difficult for an ethical culture to gain traction. After all the leaders at the frontlines of organizations make the most tangible difference in the value of products and services provided. A leader’s lack of dignity and negligence towards society is the leading cause of unethical behavior in an organization. Therefore, there is a need to evaluate the value of ethical business leaders.
In a time when everything can be easily blamed on someone else and serious wrongdoing unethical acts are often kept in silence or left unpunished, it seems as though as society we have lost sight of what it means to be a leader in an organization, a person of moral values and integrity. Many ethical failures within organizations have emerged in the media over the past decade, such as fraud and corruption, clearly highlighting the need for organizational leaders to axt in an ethical manner (Joosten, Dijke, Hiel, & Cremer, 2014, p.1). On a daily basis, business magazines, websites, and newsletters are filled with major character lapse from someone trusted by the public such as government officials and corporate executives. Furthermore, a leader’s lack of self-control, on the other hand, has been linked to negative actions due to their inability to resist temptation (Joosten, Dijke,…
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