Today more than ever ethical leaders must model ethical leadership to our community and community members. Ethics influence how we handle psychological, organizational & cultural norms.
Ethical leaders defined leadership through demonstrating and promoting the good.
Western Governors University
When you boil it down, this really means that ethical leadership is defined as putting people into management and leadership positions who will promote and be an example of appropriate, ethical conduct in their actions and relationships in the workplace.
Ethical leaders are role models who communicate the importance of ethical standards, hold their employees accountable to those standards, and— crucially— design environments in which others work and live that are conducive to ethical behavior. Leaders also transmit ethics by building benevolent relationships and teaching others how to think about ethical questions, empowering ethical behavior among employees, and growing future ethical leaders. An essay in Fast Company by ES collaborator David Mayer outlines why it takes more than being a good person for leaders to inspire ethical conduct among employees.
Ethical leadership means that individuals behave according to a set of principles and values that are recognized by the majority as a sound basis for the common good. These include integrity, respect, trust, fairness, transparency, and honesty. Ethical leadership must be a conscious decision.