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Ethics in Leadership Today

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In the business world these days, we must take into consideration many factors in becoming successful individually and as a team. One major important factor I’ll be talking about is how ethics influence leadership. How I value the importance of having good ethics, my leadership experiences in life, and how I will apply these values in my future career.

Today we live in such a diverse environment, which means we are surrounded by a lot of different culture, ethnicity, and religion. To become a successful leader you must learn to deal with the differences, one could possess and practice a code of ethics which should include valuable guidelines of principles. Knowing wrong from right; basically sums up what ethic is really all about. Kenneth R. Andrews, in Ethics in Practice (March 1989), “Contends that there are three aspects to ethical behavior in organizations: the development of the individual as an ethical person, the effect of the organization as an ethical or unethical environment, and the actions or procedures developed by the organization to encourage ethical behavior and discourage unethical behavior.” (n.p.) I believe that if you understand, apply, and educate others about the value of morals, honesty, and having good ethics, you’ll become a better leader in all aspect of life.

When I was a manager for my prior company I worked for, I had an assistant. My assistant’s name was Michael; he was three times my age. One day, we had a young African American female customer come in and applied for a loan, Michael assisted her with the paper work, and kindly denied her for the loan. As I manager, I overviewed the young lady’s loan application and found that she was actually qualified for a loan, and so I confronted Michael...

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... how to solve an issue or preventing an issue, comes with the knowledge of knowing what is right and what is wrong, and since we’re dealing with different cultures in our civilization these days, people have different prospective on things, so it’s important to understand and to keep an open-mind at all times because with time passing; things change, acknowledging all the differences is a great key in becoming a successful leader in today’s business world!

Works Cited

National Defense University in, Strategic Leadership and Decision Making (p.15) http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/ndu/strat-ldr-dm/refer.html

Kenneth R. Andrews, in Ethics in Practice (March 1989) (n.p.)

UOK, Values & Ethics Code(p. 4) http://getinvolved.uky.edu/Leadership/pdf/Values%20and%20Ethics.pdf

Management Study (2011)

http://www.managementstudyguide.com/leadership-ethics.htm
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