Corporate Integrity : Rethinking Organizational Ethics, And Leadership

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Brown, M. (2005). Corporate integrity: Rethinking organizational ethics, and leadership. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. The maintenance of ethical behavior when in a leadership situation becomes difficult when leaders are operating in a weak or non-existent value system. Brown (2005) exposes various reasons which make leaders behave unethically. According to him, leaders are expected to lead by example since all subordinates have to follow what the leaders prospect. However, there are instances where these leaders behave in an unethical manner because of various reasons. As the author argues, it is clear for leaders with strong, virtuous values to act ethically because their values define their character. Conversely, if the leaders are operating in a weak or non-existent value system, they tend to act unethically. Therefore, the author asserts the organization to be leading in destabilizing factors that make leaders to behave dishonorably. If the organization does not actively promote the universally accepted values such as wisdom, self-control, justice, and kindness, most leaders who are also weak in values follow suit and embrace unethical behavior. These are the kind of leaders likely not to enhance honesty, fairness, equality, and dignity for personal gains. Ciulla, J. B. (2014). Ethics, the heart of leadership. Santa Barbara, California: Praeger. Ciulla (2014) offers an analysis of what causes leaders to behave unethically. In his arguments, greed

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