Ethical Theories And Principles Of Ethics

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Leaders articulate a vision that emphasizes values shared by leader and followers (Jacobsen & House, 2001), and infuse seemingly disconnected organizational activities with those shared values (Shamir & Howell, 1999), which guides behaviors of followers (Tsai et al., 2009). Ethics means weighing carefully the actions to be undertaken through the compliance prism of a set of values and standards defined at the level of society, for its own good. Ethical leadership is ‘‘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, Trevino, & Harrison, 2005, p. 120). Ethical leaders are concerned with how their decisions affect others (Murphy and Enderle 1995), and when leaders take this into account, they become more sensitive of others needs inside and outside (community) of the organization. In order to make ethical decisions, leaders require the use of ethical concepts and principles (Dukerich et al. 1990) in their moral judgments. Leaders and followers must have compatible values and cultural congruence to foster change in organizations. The leader should be the one who encourages the creation of the culture and the leader is responsible for preserving the culture. The link between organizational culture and organizational values has significant implications for organizational leadership, which are
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