As a proponent of participative leadership, my sense of moral responsibility in business matters would find a solid foundation in involving my subordinates in decisions and taking their views and suggestions into account. Since relationships are the primary vehicle through which successful leadership responsibilities are carried out, then people and interpersonal competencies are central to their effectiveness.
My success as an ethical leader is rooted in self- awareness, self-management, social awareness and relational management. Self-awareness will allow me to recognize my own emotions and how they affect my performance .It provides me with a better sense of my own strengths and weaknesses, more open to seek out feedback and have a better knowledge and sense on how to improve said skills. Self-management requires pacing one self to match a determined situation. Social awareness, which without it, we become disconnected from our environment, is the ability to read groups and people accurately. It also allows an effective leader to discern current emotions and political realities. Relational management is abroad set of competencies that increases the likelihood that one will induce desirable responses in others. This includes the ability to communicate clearly and convincingly, to persuade others, to disarm conflict, to build strong personal bonds, to develop others to work toward common goals and to enlist others in the pursuit of new initiatives; regarding their relationship with as one of mutual influence .Rather than using control strategies to manage followers, a an ethical and effective leader will develop followers capability and confidence in taking actions and making decisions that are in alignment with and support collective goals. Furthermore, encouraging followers to question assumptions, re frame problems and look at new approaches. Followers are included in the efforts to address and solve group and organizational problems and creativity is encouraged. This results in actively crafting a vision, examining shortcomings in the status quo and seeking a better understanding of organizational hope and desired accomplishments
Ethics and leadership cannot be viewed as separate entities or moral standards for that matter but how the business context poses its own unique problems for the moral person who acts as the agent of the system or organization.
A true leader is capable rallying men and women to a common purpose and character which inspire confidence. Principles, values, culture and individual differences often conflict. Ethical leadership requires an attitude of humility not of righteousness; commitments to ones own principles and at the same time teach ability. Teach ability meaning openness to learning and to having an open dialogue with others as ethics in general is best viewed as a conversation between us about the values and issues that are most important to us and to our business. For a leader, it is the continual discovery and reaffirmation of our own principles and values; a realization that we can improve through encountering new ideas.
An ethical leader speaks to us about our identity, what we are and what we are to become and live better. As an ethical leader the goal is to raise the bar, helping people to realize their hopes and dreams, creating value for the stakeholder and performing these tasks with the intensity and importance that business ethics connotes. That being said, their must be room for growth through learning, mistakes, humor in situations when mandated and most importantly humanity a trait often missing in todays leadership.
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