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.

Can any Organization be successful with Toxic Leaders?

Toxic leadership is a combination of self-centered attitudes, motivations, and behaviors that have adverse effects on subordinates, the organization, and mission performance. This leader lacks concern for others and the climate of the organization, which leads to short- and long-term negative effects.

No organization (corporation, non-profits, small businesses, etc.) can be successful with toxic leaders. Toxic leadership is when leaders (who should not be called leaders in the first place) infringe the leader-follower relationship, abusing their power as leaders to the detriment of the people they are leading.  Toxic leaders are not accountable or responsible for their actions; they blame others for their mistakes, they don't lead by example nor from the front; and they lie to make themselves look good.

Kouzes and Posner says exemplary leaders get extraordinary things done in organizations by engaging in the five practices of exemplary leadership.  Modeling the way is about earning the respect and the right to lead by being involved in the day-to-day operations of their team.

Inspire a shared vision by focusing on the best interest of your team and speak their language on a daily basis.  Challenge the process by being innovative; recognize and support great ideas from your team members.  Enable others to act by being a trustworthy leader.  Encourage the hearts of your team members by recognizing their hard work, saying at least “thanks” for a job well done.

What is Organizational Leadership?

Organizational leadership is a dual focused management approach that works towards what is best for individuals and what is best for a group as a whole simultaneously. It is also an attitude and a work ethic that empowers an individual in any role to lead from the top, middle, or bottom of an organization.

Organizational Leadership Consultants are very important to any organization because they influence positive behaviors and a productive workplace; encourage collaboration among teams; resolve conflicts in the workplace; collaborate and effectively work together in diverse groups, etc.

Whether an organization is a sole proprietor, small business, large corporation, non-profit, professional sports teams, colleges and universities, doctor & lawyer offices; retail stores, restaurants, etc., they need an organizational leadership consultant to transform their business while empowering and adding value to all employees/organization to ensure they meet and/or exceed their bottom line.

Author Jim Stroup says in his Managing Leadership that “Organizational leadership is inherent in the very nature of the organization. It arises from the peculiar relationships that form among people joined together in a collaborative effort.”