Am I An Ethical Leader
Leaders face many challenges in performing their duties: the most dangerous obstacles are personal weakness and self-interest.
Pressure comes in many different forms:
- Pressure to cut costs
- Pressure to increase profits
- Pressure to meet the increasing demands of customers
- Pressure to keep suppliers committed
- Pressure to be seen to be successful
- Pressure to retain and develop staff
There also is an overemphasis on trying to meet the needs of shareholders which creates a strong temptation to act unethically to achieve this. Even meeting short-term goals can result in some poor managerial behaviour and performance.
Leaders set the ethical climate and acting as a role model for others. Good ethical leaders keep the focus on staff and customers and will focus in the right way on key tasks.
|The Ethical Leader||The Unethical Leader|
|Possesses Humility||Arrogant and self-serving|
|Maintains a concern for the greater good||Excessively promotes self-interest|
|Honest and straightforward||Practices deception to a fine art|
|Fulfils commitments||Breaches agreements|
|Strives for fairness||Deals unfairly|
|Takes responsibility||Shifts the blame to others|
|Shows respect for everyone||Diminishes the dignity of others|
|Encourages and develops others||Neglects the development of their staff|
|Serves others||Withholds help and support|
|Shows courage to champion what is right||Lacks courage to confront unjust behaviour|
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