Ethical leadership focuses on how leasers use their social power in the decisions they make, actions they engage in and ways they influence others.
Leaders who are ethical demonstrate a level of integrity that is important for stimulating a sense of leader trustworthiness, which is important for followers to accept the vision of the leader.
The character and integrity of the leader provides the basis for personal characteristics that direct a leader’s ethical beliefs, values and decisions.
Leaders who are ethical are people oriented and also aware of how their decisions impact others. They use their social power to serve the greater good instead of self-serving interests.
In ethical leadership it is important for the leader to consider how his or her decisions impact others.
Motivating followers to put the needs or interests of the group ahead of their own is another quality of ethical leaders.
Common Ethical Dilemmas
Human resource situations
Conflicts of interest
Making Sound Ethical Decisions
Gather of facts
Define ethical issue
Identify affected stakeholders
Consider your character and integrity
Think creatively about potential actions
Check your guts.