The problem to be investigated is the relationship between leadership, trustworthiness, and ethical stewardship; how these virtuous qualities can impact leaders, individuals, and companies. This paper will attempt to provide an academic opinion related to the problem investigated. The evidence of correlation between these qualities will be generated from my own personal experience and perspective as well as the viewpoints of multiple business experts.
To guide, direct and manage people with an inspired purpose and vision is a workable definition of business leadership. In the book, An Integrative Theory of Leadership, Chemers defines leadership as enlisting the aid and support of others to accomplish a task. He enhances this definition by providing a model of leadership that involves three critical leadership tasks: (1) relationship development, (2) resource utilization, and (3) image management. This model includes internal integration, external adaptation and task-related / relationship-related theories. (Chemers, 1997)
Recently while working on an IT project the assistant who was working with me began to speak vulgarities about the project. Quietly I pulled her aside and told her that this was not appropriate language within a workplace. This was the first time we had worked together and creating a positive relationship between us was important to me but not as important as the relationship between me and the company that hired me. Developing ethical relationships coupled with the ability to manage resources are essential aspects of leadership. Chemers was correct to include image management as a critical leadership task. Now, more than ever, image management has increased applicability due to issues with developing and maintaining an ethical online reputation. Nonetheless I realize that reputation preservation has been and will be an essential part of ethical leadership within and beyond the business arena. Furthermore integrating tasks such as internal maintenance of repetitive tasks and adaptability to external events is imperative because maintaining order and stability internally increases productivity, yet being able to adapt to change is a critical element in innovation. (Chemers, 1997, p. 2-3)
“Trust people and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.” (Emerson, n.d.) A healthy marriage is a perfect example of a relationship built on trust. Two people come together with a mutual commitment to love, honor and cherish one another. Creating wealth as a couple is not necessarily a prerequisite for a marriage contract to thrive; yet businesses need trusting, mutually beneficial relationships, much like a marriage, to prosper financially. These five wealth creating conditions occur when follower’s perceptions of trustworthiness exist: (1) higher employee commitment, (2) more extra role behaviors, (3) closer interpersonal relationships between leaders and employees,...