Essay on Ethics and its Relation to Leadership

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“Values are what we, as a profession, judge to be right." Individually or organizationally, “values determine what is right and what is wrong, and doing what is right or wrong is what we mean by ethics. To behave ethically is to behave in a manner consistent with what is right or moral”. What does "generally considered to be right" mean? That is a hard question, and part of it is deciding whether or not behavior is ethical, and determining what is right or wrong. (Values and Ethics, National Defense University).
“Ethics are the principals by which people distinguish what is morally right”. (Certo, 2010, p .98). Ethics are about making choices that may not always feel good or seem like they benefit you but are the right choices to make.
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In my studies of leadership I have read about many different characteristics, behaviors, and traits that affect the outcome of a leader. The most sought after leadership theory is transactional or transformational leadership; one that can cross all contexts. One of the characteristics or behaviors in this paradigm is morality or ethical behavior. A truly moral or ethical leader will get more accomplished across all contexts. Ortmeier and Meese point out that moral leadership emerges from and always returns to the fundamental wants and needs, aspirations, and values of the followers (Ortmier, 2010, p. 52). Leadership occurs within different contexts or settings, and there are variations within a given context according to Zigarmi. (2005, p. 57). As a leader, whether born or taught, they must grasp the characteristics and behaviors that will propel them into a transformational leader. In doing so, personnel retention and respect are gained. There are a number of leadership theories out there and there is no one that is the magic bullet for every leader. It takes a blend of theories and traits to make a great leader. It’s an amazing thing when you’re able to inspire your personnel for the greater good of the organization. Great leaders will give up power and essentially will gain power by doing so.

If ethics were used on a daily basis in every company there would never be scandal. Ethics can’t be neglected. This is because business is usually about
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