The Ethics Of A Leader

1604 Words Dec 10th, 2015 7 Pages
Leadership is a partnership between two or more people, so it is necessary to design a guideline that allows a leader to create an ethical organization. Even though leadership is impossible without followers, a person must first transform their own ethical theory into a process before they can teach or require ethical behavior from others. Leaders must incorporate their ethical beliefs and decision making template into everyday life. The personal ethics of a leader will cast a light on organizations that will create an ethical climate. This climate fosters ethical conduct from others and will be beneficial when designing an organization. Research, such as Stanley Milgram’s obedience experiments, “demonstrates ethical conduct of individuals in organizations is influenced greatly by their leaders” (Hitt, 1990, p. 3). Personally putting theory into practice will prevent leaders from demeaning the difficulty of not only ‘walking the talk,’ but also the complexity of leading a long-term successful and ethical organization. The strategies and necessities discussed throughout this paper regarding personal ethics make it possible for a leader to organize a company that transfers theory into practice. The personal concepts and templates previously discussed can be adjusted to work for an entire organization. It is assumed that every CEO’s intention is to build an ethical organization. However, many underestimate the importance of understanding ethics, leading by example and…
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