What is Leadership ethics?

Leadership is the art of influencing an individual or group to complete a mission/task without hesitation and or reservation.  Ethics is defined as standards of conduct that guide people’s decisions and behavior.  The importance of leadership ethics is examined and analyzed to show that quality of leadership and ethics is important to the survival and success of an organization.

With leaders taking short-cuts, not abiding by the policies, rules and/or vision of the organization, their work ethics can kill the organization by being poisonous to all the employees. These types of leaders have to be identified and dismantled from the organization soon.

Everyday leadership ethics is synonymous with the moral theory in everyday life. Relationships between leaders and followers help to shape the success or failure of an organization. The leader-follower relationship results in a team-oriented workplace with camaraderie toward goals and a productive work environment. Without a successful relationship between groups, effective leadership and outstanding workplace success will not exist. Heroic images of leadership convey the notion of a one-way transaction: leaders show the way and followers tag along.  R. Crosbie says building a culture of trust is the responsibility of all leaders.

For the leaders to be successful in any organization they must follow these five helpful tips:

  1. Champion safeguards in the organization.
  2. Provide leaders with training, feedback and coaching.
  3. Provide training throughout the organization designed to build relationships and foster the development of interpersonal skills;
  4. Bring intercultural training to your organization;
  5. Above all, do not contribute to the problem.