Exercising ethical leadership takes courage and conviction

Growing up, my parents were very emphatic about their children knowing right from wrong and if we did something that was against our family values, there were consequences for our actions. That doesn't mean we didn't try to test them by making choices that went against those values. That was all part of our learning and growing up.

I truly believe the majority of us know the difference between right and wrong but sometimes it is hard to always do the right thing or we question if what we are doing is the right thing. There are many factors that play into our decisions and they can influence us to make choices we may not make otherwise. There are pressures to make decisions quickly. There could be greed and or power determinations on decisions we make. All of these can play a role how we make our decisions.

Headlines and news stories are full of stories of CEO's and others in positions of authority that have made questionable decisions for their companies or organizations. We don't always see or focus on the stories of people in positions of authority who exercise ethical leadership within their companies or organizations.

The first step to ethical leadership within your company or organization is to determine what the core values of the company or organization. You can begin to set the tone for an ethical environment. Exercising leadership by example is a great way to do this. It isn’t about what you say, but about what you do. Set consequences for those who do not follow the core values of the company or organization and you need good consequences for those who are doing things within the core values that are established.

Exercising ethical leadership takes courage and conviction. It is doing the right thing even if it is not the popular choice…even if it is not easy. Actions always speak louder than words. IF NOT YOU-WHO…IF NOT NOW-WHEN.

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