Ethics And Cultural Values And Challenges Of Ethical Leadership

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QN 1 ETHICAL LEADERSHIP Ethical leadership is hard to define according to research cited by Yukl, (2013). Ethics depends on time, culture, and laws. We can attempt to define ethical leadership by looking at the leader’s behavior, values and how he or she influences followers (Yukl, 2013). Every organization has ethical and moral guidelines stipulated through their policies, rules and regulations. A leader who is honest and trustworthy can be said as an ethical leader. But it depends on how the behavior is reflected in the organization and the employees. Ethical leadership can also be defined as to whether the behaviors violate cultural customs and laws of the society. Personal morals and ethics may be in conflict with managing the organization…show more content…
Constant technological and global changes create challenges that forces leaders to manage different cultures in different countries. People, goods, services, and ideas are moving today at greater speeds which mean our labor force is becoming more diverse and multicultural by the day. Effective leaders need to understand such global dynamics in order to successfully manage organizational cultures. The cultures of leaders and their core assumptions might be different from the values and assumptions of employees in a different country. Two managers working for the same global company might see things differently due to their backgrounds and cultural values. The different countries, in which the organization operates, will have different cultures depending on the social, economic, and political history of the country. Managing and understanding these differences need an effective cross-cultural thinking leader (Yukl, 2013). Some research questions that Yukl, 2013 suggests are: 1) how behavior differs across cultural values and for different countries? 2) How values and behaviors are influenced by personality across company and country? 3) What types of traits, skills, and experience are most useful to prepare a leader being assigned to a new country? 4) How does the fast-changing culture in developing countries affect and relate to…show more content…
Leaders use such skills to solve and manage different aspects of the organization and its partner(s). Examples of leadership functions are:
• Leaders analyze problems and come up with creative solutions
• Leaders decipher information in a timely manner and develop priorities
• Leaders develop and facilitate teams while solving conflicts that might arise
• Leaders make sure that the right personnel are hired for the right tasks
• Leaders ensure culture of the organization is understood and adhered to; they also spearhead cultural change efforts
• Leaders influence subordinates to accomplish tasks through training, reward and punishment
• Leaders ensure that communication flows throughout the organization
• Leaders constantly balance internal integration and external cooperation with partners
• Leaders motivate followers through different means
• Leaders set goals, vision, and values of the organization
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