Ethical Leadership
February 20th, 2012 Posted by admin

"Relativity applies to physics, not ethics." - Albert Einstein

No two fingerprints are the same. However, every human being has a brain and the capacity to think. There are many things that make us similar to each other. These same things may also differentiate us. One of these things is ethics. A term that could be defined as a set of moral principles or values, or a philosophy that deals with what is good and bad.

Within a single community, the value system of each person varies according to their experiences and their beliefs. While this difference exists, there are generally accepted practices of what is right and what is wrong. This again varies from community to community. Our natural tendency is to judge someone based on our own value system. Do we wish to be judged by another person's value system? How often do we take the time to understand the motivation of our team members? How often do we try to understand why they do the things that they do?

Many organizations have written Code of Ethics to narrow the differences among their individual employees and create uniformity regarding expected and acceptable behaviours. These documents become useless when the leadership is observed breaking the very rules that the team is expected to keep. The Code of Ethics should reflect, and be embedded in, the culture of the organization. What are the values of your organization? How is this information distributed to your team? Would an outsider accurately describe these values by observing your team in action?

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