It’s hard for team leaders to be ethical because there are too many pressures to survive and to win at any cost. Various writers have coined the term “reptilian economy” where self-preservation prevails and everything is negotiable.
There is a common belief that ethical behavior is not always encouraged, re-enforced or rewarded in the workplace although organizations pay lip service to the concept. There are some organization that still adhere to time-tested societal values and expect supervisors and other employees to do the same.
There are still some commonly held values. Many organizations are showing a renewed interest in basic values and have published policies outlining the “ethical” values of the organization.
Effective leaders don’t conduct business in a vacuum. This matters because ethical leaders believe they make good business sense. Ethics still count with customers because they want to deal with organizations they can trust. Of course, all of this is worthless if your team leaders are not trained and supported in a number of ethical behaviors. Ethical team leaders send a powerful message about what’s important, how people are to be treated and how the organization does business.
You can easily identify those team leaders who adhere to high ethics and who practice value-based decision-making. Team leaders who act in these ways have the characteristics that everyone wants to work for or to have work for them.
Researchers have identified a list of thirty (30) ethical behaviors, but I am listing the top ten (10) that resonated with me. You can read the complete list here.
My top (10)
1. Tell the truth
2. Keep promises
3. Accept blame
4. Obey rules and laws
5. Exercise self-discipline
6. Respect confidentiality
7. Avoid half-truths
8. Reward merit
9. Remain impartial
10. Avoid stereotypes
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