Leadership Essentials: Ethics
“Ethics” are rules of behaviour based on ideas about what is morally good and bad. ‘Acting ethically’ means to act in ways which are morally good. Ethical behaviour is now considered to involve demonstrating respect for key moral principles that include honesty, fairness, equality, dignity, diversity and individual rights, and there is increasing evidence that ethical behaviour is good for business.
‘Leadership Essentials: Ethics’ provides an overview of why ethical behaviour is essential for leadership capability and includes ‘Top Tips’ on how ethical behaviour can help you become a better leader.
The Essentials leaflet is supported by three Spotlights that look at aspects of ethics in more detail to help you improve your leadership skills:
History of Ethics
"To understand ethical leadership we need to combine historic insight, philosophical analysis and empirical experience. We also need to be able to make a distinction between how leaders behave and how they are perceived to behave."
Dr. Katalin Illes
Ethical Leadership (2014)
"To be perceived as an ethical leader, it is not enough to just be an ethical person"
Trevino, Hartman and Brown (2000)
"When managing in the wilderness of changing times, a map is of limited worth. What’s needed is a moral compass."
Stephen Covey (1989)