Unethical Conduct And Its Effects On The Workplace

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With the recent cases of unethical conduct in media, there seems to be few models of businesses and leaders operating on ethical principles. It is believed that because of the low ethical standards of leaders that employees feel justified to respond in kind, by increased absenteeism, petty theft, indifference, and poor job performance (Gini). The ethics of leadership has a direct impact on the workplace and affects the ethical choices and decisions that workers make in the workplace. It trickles down through top management and flows through supervisory leaders who influence the behavior or employees by way of direct, day-to-day interaction. B. F. Skinner (1904-1990) believed that through modeling and reinforcement, the individual’s actions are affected, which signifies that the mentor has successfully reproduced the sort after or desired behavior. Unethical behaviors by leaders cause people to be disillusioned about leadership. It often causes people to question the integrity, honesty, and fair play of every leader they are in contact with or come to know. It leaves a lasting negative impression on those affected by the unethical decision, on the organization where the leader is employed, and not to mention on the future credibility and employability of the leader. Literature Review Ethics is the way of understanding and examining the moral or the good life (Altekruse, 2004). It is the assessment and evaluation of values. Ethical leadership is the use of socially
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