Leadership: Can you teach a leader to be ethical?

ethical leadershipI have often said I’ve never met an unethical leader. Because, a leader by his or her very nature is one who exhorts humble behavior rather than empty exhortations. By no means am I asserting unethical behavior only as an application of the rich and powerful. It is everywhere. A leader is an ethical person. An unethical person is not a leader. So much labeled leadership is just a “suit.” Ethics, then, are more than averting fraud or malpractice at the office, it is the real application of the soul which ultimately defines a leader. Those at home know this best. The article below from the Washington Post is well written on the subject. Please provide me your comments and thank you for sharing. Jim

Americans have traditionally had a more positive view of commerce, but two waves of scandals—Enron in 2001 and the global financial crisis in 2008—have decimated that trust. As a result, Americans are more ambivalent about business than they were in the 1990s, and many students entering business school today are eager to revive the focus on virtue.

A survey by the Aspen Institute showed an increase between 2002 and 2007 in MBA students’ desires to have their careers make a contribution to society. The survey also found a decline in the belief that a company’s primary responsibility is to maximize shareholder value. […]

Read full article via Can you teach businessmen to be ethical?.


Jim Woods is president of The Jim Woods Group. A management consulting firm. Go here to see his work www.jimwoodsgroup.com. He advises and speaks to organizations large and small on how to increase top line growth in times of uncertainty and complexity. Some of his speaking and consulting clients include: U.S. Army, MITRE Corporation, Pitney Bowes, Whirlpool, and 3M. See more at his website www.jimwoodsgroup.com.

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