In business, ethics has always involves actions. Leadership might avoid disciplining poor performance and might just look away. Managers might hesitant to give complete and honest feedback. It could involve someone who is promoted without having that graduate degree as claimed. Many of us might just consider it none of our business. Maybe we even tell a “white lie” when we miss work or take supplies home.
We need to remember that true employee engagement and increased opportunity for everyone happens through honesty and trust. Dale Carnegie Training believes ethics are tied to values and morals. Ethics involve important principles, rules, behaviors and beliefs.
In Dale Carnegie’s Ethical Leadership summary, this type of leadership, “requires a consistency of behavior and attitude that can be challenged each day. Ethical leaders have boundaries within which to operate.”
Let’s look at six areas of ethics:
- E: Ethics involve everyone. It comes from within.
- T: Trust is critical in every action.
- H: Honesty is a core value.
- I: Integrity and behavior shape leadership.
- C: Communication is grounded in morals and example.
- S: Standards must be set throughtraining with the focus on employee engagement. Character and accountability must be guiding principles.
What leadership does is indeed in full view of everyone in the organization. And it is based on values. Ethics are tied to many elements; but the most important one is you.
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