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As with most things to do with ethics, definitions will vary. But there are recurring qualities referred to when deciphering what makes a leader ethical: honesty, treating people fairly and having integrity.
Integrity between words and practice will certainly help gather followers. An ethical leader manages through moral and ethical issues by encouraging good behavior and discouraging bad.
Members of corporate boards, senior executives and even rank-and-file employees have a duty of loyalty — to the company, not its chief executive. They’re required by corporate law, company policy and in many cases their employment contracts to report misconduct to the board.
When it comes to sexual harassment, “if you see it and don’t report it, you’re in the same boat as the person engaging in the behavior,” said David F. Larcker, director of the Corporate Governance Research Initiative at Stanford’s business school. “That’s a violation of your duty as an officer of the corporation.”
The influence of leaders on their environment, and the people around them, is difficult to overstate. Like magnetism, their disposition and decisions tend to affect everybody in the vicinity. If you're a leader, it's a good idea to remember some of the many ways you can influence company culture — sometimes without even trying to. Here are 10 of them.
Being an "intentional" leader means behaving in such a way that the intent behind your actions isn't difficult for others to discern. It's very easy for leaders of any kind to let their "mission" consume their personality. But what do you love and serve beyond the mission? Do your people look at you and see a genuine passion for what work and life have to offer, or do they see somebody else who's just running out the clock? The difference can make, well, a huge difference.
An ethics survey looking at corporate Australia shows many employees don’t bother to report misconduct because it of fears this might put their jobs at risk.
More than third of workers remain silent, according to new research by The Institute of Business Ethics in partnership with The Ethics Centre.
Please feel free to contact the Ethikos Weekly Newsletter editor Margaret Dragon.
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