Leader 's Traits And Ethical Conduct

806 WordsJan 26, 20164 Pages
A1. Leader’s Traits and Ethical Conduct Effective leaders lead by example. An ethical behavior shown by a leader can be the best way to lead a team through difficult time in an organization. That’s the case of Dr. Barbara Shaw, head of an important unit within our organization. Ethical theories focuses in two important aspects of a leader; the first one are his or her actions and behavior, while the second element has to do with his or her character. Dr. Shaw has shown two important ethical traits with her behavior that reveals her character and integrity. These two ethical traits are: 1) Honesty 2) Trust Dr. Shaw’s honesty trait starts with her capacity of presenting the facts and circumstances truly and completely. An example of her honesty was shown when she had to explain employees’ lay-offs due to budge cuts. Even though the subject was painful, Dr. Shaw did not misrepresented or minimized the facts, and she had an open conversation that put team at ease with the situation. The team felt that her honesty made a difference in how a difficult situation was handled. Stephen Covey states, “The first job of any leader is to inspire trust… With the increasing focus on ethics in our society, the character side of trust is fast becoming the price of entry in the new global economy” (2015). The job of a leader is to gain the trust of his or her followers, but with expectation and accountability. Dr. Shaw has earned the trust of her team through her ethical behavior demonstrated
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