A Handbook to Simplify Ethical and Moral Leadership

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Introduction: Having been chosen as a new leader in our organization, you have already demonstrated your abilities and expertise to guide and enhance the successful outcomes of a business. Leadership behavior is not only based on knowledge and expertise, it is an expectation that leaders understand the vision and core values that guide moral and ethical leadership at all times. Although morals and ethics are synonymous for the most part, the terms are distinguishable. Simply put, ethics is determinant of acceptable guidelines for behavior of a group or organization while morals exude individual beliefs of right and wrong derived from personal values (DuBrin, 2010). Guiding Leadership Principles – As a manager, it is customary that you will make decisions on a regular basis. With guidance of this handbook, your own personal value system coupled with the core values of the company, there should be little question of right or wrong. There is no right way to do the wrong thing! The purpose of this handbook is to simplify ethical and moral leadership by offering guiding principles for you to live by. This handbook cannot address every situation that may be encountered; however it creates an outline to operate under solid business ethics and basic principles surrounding the sound use of good judgment, personal integrity and honesty, which guides our daily work activities. The reputation of this company was built on high, ethical standards which exemplifies the cultural core values of the company. These values are put into practice by influencing ethical and moral decisions that are made. This legacy of trust extends to reinforce the shared values of all employees throughout the organization. Ethical leadership is the key ... ... middle of paper ... ...loyees at all levels. Long-term organizational viability and sustainability is all but guaranteed if our organization remains reputationally sound through values and ideals. With the tools for success clearly outlined, we look forward to your input and commitment to ethical and moral leadership. References DuBrin, A. J. (2010). Leadership: Research finding, practice, and skills (6th ed.). Mason, OH: South-Western, Cengage Learning. ISBN-13: 9780547143965. Ferrell, O. C., Fraedrick, J., & Ferrell, L. (2009). Business ethics: Ethical decision making and cases. Boston, MA: South-Western/Cengage Learning. ISBN-13: 9781439042816. Josephson, M. (2012, January 30). Can corporate eithic programs do any good? Retrieved May 18, 2014, from Business ethics & leadership: http://josephsoninstitute.org/business/blog/2012/01/can-corporate-ethics-programs-do-any-good/

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