Who teaches ethical leadership and why is this not a priority?
I‘m going to come clean and simply admit that I cannot provide you with the clarity you deserve nor clearly answer my own question. Why? After thirty-seven years in business, I find it very difficult to share good examples of ethical leadership being taught and emphasized as a core value. That’s right…….in every organization I have ever worked or consulted for making money is the priority and how that is achieved hardly matters.
In a previous blog, I addressed the difficulty of conquering ethics and what leaders must confront…….”Conquering Ethics Is Like Climbing a Huge Mountain.” Trust me, the ethical issues confronting today’s leaders have not subsided. Some MBA programs are beginning to tackle ethical issues and combining this with helping leaders build values-based cultures. Some means a handful.
Our faith communities attempt through scripture and continuing education to talk about morality, ethics, and making quality choices. Some of it is helpful and resonates with those who take these lessons to heart. A few corporate boards make it a priority to hire leaders who live their values and incorporate them into building winning teams. Flooded with new compliance and regulatory laws, only a few manage to weave ethical wands through the leadership team and teach what matters the most.
It comes from self, it starts with a purpose in life, and a commitment to build the strongest moral compass possible.
What is the best source to learn ethical leadership? It comes from self, it starts with a purpose in life, and a commitment to build the strongest moral compass possible. It is an exercise and journey that will take our entire lives. It takes raw honesty, accountability, and humility that drips with daily sweat. We are chosen as leaders by others who see evidence of values and virtues. It is up to us live these to the best of our abilities and make others better.
Leaders teach, enrich, and develop others to be successful and accountable. This is the ethical function we must willingly embrace or be tossed to the wrong side of the road. Today and every day is an opportunity for all of us to review our ethical standing as leaders. We cannot afford to wait hoping that we will be taught what to do, how to do it, and what the right things to do are.
My friends, please remember this: respect, consideration, and courtesy matter a lot. Treat others fairly, decently, and equally. Build your moral compasses carefully and always monitor them daily. You know the battle cry: do your best each day. No one can ask more or less from any of us.
All the best/blessings, Mark