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What is ethical leadership?

___Ethical leadership involves both acting and leading ethically over time all the time.

Why practice ethical leadership?

___Ethical leadership models ethical behavior to the organization and the community..

___Ethical leadership builds trust.

___Ethical leadership brings credibility and respect, both for you and the organization.

___Ethical leadership can lead to collaboration.

___Ethical leadership creates a good climate within the organization.

___If you have opposition, or are strongly supporting a position, ethical leadership allows you to occupy the moral high ground.

___Ethical leadership is simply the right way to go.

___Ethical leadership affords self-respect.

When and by whom should ethical leadership be practiced?

___Ethical leadership should be practiced all the time by anyone in a formal or informal leadership position.

How do you practice ethical leadership?

General guidelines:

___Ethical leadership requires a clear and coherent ethical framework that the leader can draw on in making decisions and taking action.

___Your ethical framework should agree with that of the ethical framework, vision, and mission of the organization or initiative.

___Ethics should be a topic of discussion.

___Ethics should be out in the open.

___Ethical thought must be connected to action.

___Ethical leadership is a shared process.

Specific components

___Put the good of the organization and the general good before your own interests and ego.

___Encourage the discussion of ethics in general and of the ethical choices involved in specific situations and decisions as an ongoing feature of the organizational culture.

___Institutionalize ways for people to question your authority.

___Don’t take yourself too seriously.

___Consider the consequences to others of your decisions, and look for ways to minimize harm.

___Treat everyone with fairness, honesty, and respect all the time.

___Treat other organizations in the same way you treat other people – with fairness, honesty, and respect.

___Collaborate inside and outside the organization.


___Work to become increasingly culturally and interpersonally competent.

___Take cultural sensitivity and cultural competence seriously.

___Work to be inclusive.

___Take your leadership responsibility seriously, and be accountable for fulfilling it.

___Constantly strive to increase your competence.

___Don’t outstay your usefulness.

___Never stop reexamining your ethics and your leadership.