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Ethics and its Relation to Leadership

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“Values are what we, as a profession, judge to be right." Individually or organizationally, “values determine what is right and what is wrong, and doing what is right or wrong is what we mean by ethics. To behave ethically is to behave in a manner consistent with what is right or moral”. What does "generally considered to be right" mean? That is a hard question, and part of it is deciding whether or not behavior is ethical, and determining what is right or wrong. (Values and Ethics, National Defense University).

“Ethics are the principals by which people distinguish what is morally right”. (Certo, 2010, p .98). Ethics are about making choices that may not always feel good or seem like they benefit you but are the right choices to make.

While it is impossible to list all forms of conduct that might be considered appropriate or inappropriate, certain actions, such as theft, physical violence, falsifying records, bribery and threats of violence are clearly unacceptable at any workplace. Behavior that demands, disrespects, or discriminates against any clients is likewise unacceptable.

Supervisors or leaders responsibility is to create an environment that communicates organizational Core Values. They need to be committed to make this as part of the natural conversation that occurs in every office, every unit and part of every day. Living your values is one of the most powerful tools available to you to help you lead and influence others. That defines your character.

Leaders know what they value. They also recognize the importance of ethical behavior. The best leaders exhibit both their values and their ethics in their leadership style and actions. Leadership ethics and values should be visible because they live them in their acti...

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...would follow the organizations code of ethics and provide guidelines for behavior and support to management’s assertion that they care about ethical behavior. I would care and act with compassion. In my leadership I would incorporate my own ethical values (being moral, honest, trustworthy, and reliable) setting examples for others to imitate. I would associate with others who match my values and passion for success, train others to reach for their goals as well as showing gratitude as often as possible. I am not afraid to make and admit mistakes. I would follow the golden rules, the words of wisdom, believing in the power of faith that any productive member of society should strive to live by. To behave ethically is to behave in a manner that is consistent with what is generally considered to be right or moral. Ethical behavior is the balance of mutual trust.
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