“Values are what we, as a profession, judge to be right." Individually or organizationally, “values determine what is right and what is wrong, and doing what is right or wrong is what we mean by ethics. To behave ethically is to behave in a manner consistent with what is right or moral”. What does "generally considered to be right" mean? That is a hard question, and part of it is deciding whether or not behavior is ethical, and determining what is right or wrong. (Values and Ethics, National Defense University).
“Ethics are the principals by which people distinguish what is morally right”. (Certo, 2010, p .98). Ethics are about making choices that may not always feel good or seem like they benefit you but are the right choices to make.
While it is impossible to list all forms of conduct that might be considered appropriate or inappropriate, certain actions, such as theft, physical violence, falsifying records, bribery and threats of violence are clearly unacceptable at any workplace. Behavior that demands, disrespects, or discriminates against any clients is likewise unacceptable.
Supervisors or leaders responsibility is to create an environment that communicates organizational Core Values. They need to be committed to make this as part of the natural conversation that occurs in every office, every unit and part of every day. Living your values is one of the most powerful tools available to you to help you lead and influence others. That defines your character.
Leaders know what they value. They also recognize the importance of ethical behavior. The best leaders exhibit both their values and their ethics in their leadership style and actions. Leadership ethics and values should be visible because they live them in their actions every single day. If leaders have identified and shared their values, visibly they will create trust.
In my studies of leadership I have read about many different characteristics, behaviors, and traits that affect the outcome of a leader. The most sought after leadership theory is transactional or transformational leadership; one that can cross all contexts. One of the characteristics or behaviors in this paradigm is morality or ethical behavior. A truly moral or ethical leader will get more accomplished across all contexts. Ortmeier and Meese point out that moral leadership emerges from and always returns to the fundamental wants and needs, aspirations, and values of the followers (Ortmier, 2010, p. 52). Leadership occurs within different contexts or settings, and there are variations within a given context according to Zigarmi. (2005, p. 57).
As a leader, whether born or taught, they must grasp the characteristics and behaviors that will propel them into a transformational leader. In doing so, personnel retention and respect are gained. There are a number of leadership theories out there and there is no one that is the magic bullet for every...