How Will Ethical Issues Affect Leadership in a Business

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Contemporary and Pervasive Issues “How will ethical issues affect leadership in a business?” Word Count: 5671 In this essay I am going to discuss how ethical issues can affect leadership in a business. In order to answer this question the essay will start by giving a brief introduction into the two topics; leadership and business ethics. I will then aim to successfully link them by considering the argument of whether leaders should concern themselves with ethical issues or whether making as much money as possible should be their main consideration. Leadership has many different meanings and there have been numerous different classification systems used to define the dimensions of leadership. Infact as Stogdill (1974) pointed…show more content…
Many would argue that leadership is innate (inborn) and that the character, style and competence needed to be a leader is infact genetic and it cannot be developed. However, others have argued that leadership is not down to genetics alone but that it can infact be developed over a period of time through environment and experiences. This is the opinion argued by Winston (Winston 2003), who says that “we are not merely the product of our genes: environment has a huge impact but in a mysterious way.” A further aspect to this question is whether leadership can be taught. There are many opinions on this matter but the “tendency is towards agreeing that, while little if anything can be taught, it can be learnt through development, growth and practise” (Gill, 2006:272). A business operates according to the vision and values of its leader. A leader has many roles within an organization, which can be key to its long-term success. The first of these is to provide an overall direction by “defining and communicating a meaningful and attractive vision of the future and a mission through which the organization will pursue it” (Gill, 2006:96). This direction which may stem a long way into the future will need to consider competitors, changes in tastes and current standing in the market. In relation to this it is a leader's
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