Fairwords Weekly: The Impact of Ethical Leadership
June 23, 2022
“Employees are likely to emulate the personal traits and behaviors of ethical leaders, extending fair and honest treatment to others in the same manner they receive it from ethical leaders.”
— Kuk-Kyoung Moon and Robert Christensen, Research Authors, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory
An ethical leader strives to balance the needs of their team, organization, stakeholders, and the greater society. With this balance in mind, they attempt to make the right decisions and set policies. Ethics in leadership means enabling people to do the right thing rather than preventing people from doing wrong. Doing so has many benefits to an organization. Solid morals and ethics trickle down to the rest of the organization resulting in positive workplace culture and happy, productive employees. This week we explore ethical leadership, why it is essential, and its impact on an organization.
We face social problems like climate change, food and water insecurity, economic inequality, racial injustice, and increasing geopolitical strife daily—all of which have been accelerated by a global pandemic. Our world is complex, and these issues are multifaceted and interrelated. For organizations to move forward with clear intent and purpose, leaders need a strong foundation in ethical leadership. Because we live in a time of profound disruption, leaders must utilize a strong ethical framework to ensure they make the best decisions: for themselves, their employees, their organizations, and their stakeholders. This ethical leadership framework guide teaches how to lead and make decisions at work in today’s complex world.