“As leaders, we must always strive to do the right thing, even when the right thing is the hardest thing to do.” – Francis Abbah
Ethics can be defined as the study of moral principles relating to right and wrong conduct, and those principles are usually set as standards to guard the behavior and conduct of an individual. Hence, Ethical Leadership refers to the situation in which a leader behaves according to a set of moral principles that are recognized as the standards for right living.
From ages past till now, most leaders who fall from their leadership positions fell because of ethical reasons. That makes ethics one of the subjects that needs to be practiced carefully by both potential leaders and actual leaders. Because without sound ethical principles being practiced by leaders and their people, the entities and organizations that they belong to has the potential of declining away from their set purposes and visions.
And as leaders, ethics must become a major priority in everything we do and say. This is so crucial to leadership because the actions, choices and behaviors of leaders do not only affect them directly but also have a wider effect on their entities and the people being led by them.
Behaving ethically is essential to good leadership for a couple of reasons, and some of the reasons are as follows; for influential reasons and for reputational reasons.
First, behaving ethically is essential to leadership because of influential reasons. People do what people see. And because leaders have influence, what it means is that if leaders behave ethically, their people will see those actions, choices and behaviors and also behave rightly. Conversely, if leaders behave unethically, their people will see those behaviors and actions and compromise on the right standards by behaving unethically as well. As a result of the unethical behaviors and actions of both leaders and their people, the long-term vision and purposes of their entities will not be attained.
Secondly, behaving ethically is necessary for good leadership because of reputational reasons. When leaders behave ethically, their reputation and the reputation of their brand and entities, will always be intact. And as a result, people can trust those leaders, their brand and their entities. On the other hand, when leaders behave unethically, their reputation will be at stake which can affect the trust that stakeholders have for their brand, entities as well as in the leaders themselves. That is why behaving ethically as leaders is so important not just for the leaders, but also for the people they lead and the very entities they belong to.
Sound ethical principles can be found in the power of doing the right things. For as leaders, we must always strive to do the right thing, even when the right thing is the hardest thing to do.
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