The Ethics Of An Ethical Leader

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As a child growing up I was taught how to differentiate between right and wrong. Those teaching have been the basis for how I conduct myself in my personal and professional life. I believe every person should be able to look at him or herself in the mirror and see an honest, ethical person looking back at them. At the end of the day, my philosophy on ethics is simply "Integrity is doing the right thing, even if nobody is watching." By Jim Stovall, American author.
What does it mean to be an ethical leader? As I reflect back on the teachings and readings in this course I have learned that as an ethical leader it is important to focus on what is right and to lead with integrity. Ethical leaders realize it begins with them and that they must project the values and they look to promote in others. An ethical leader honors commitments and expects the same from others. Maintains loyalty and willing to accept responsibility and apologize when necessary. (Russell) As an ethical leader, it is important to be relatable and establish trust by remaining consistent in all that they say and do. Demonstrate transparency by communicating in a timely manner. Have an understanding of the organizational culture while making sure everyone is treated with dignity and respect regardless of their backgrounds. Making sure the organization is in compliance and following the company’s code of ethics. Lastly, making clear to those they lead that ethics is a day-to-day business and the way that

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