Leadership and Ethics

Today the discussion of leadership is about ethical. In my opinion, the leadership issues and ethical issues are not simply black-and-white. There are two ethical issues: easy and challenging. The former is in the right not to choose between errors, while the latter is the correct choice between incorrect. If you do not have ethics and morality, you cannot have leadership; both cannot be separated. Moral character, as an important part of one’s life, is of importance for an eminent leader, because the essential difference between a prominent leader and a dangerous man is the important difference in moral character He was worthless and dangerous if he thought that the leader had no moral character (Andrews, 1989).


I think the Consequentialist ethical approach means that there is no moral action or a rule is inherently correct or wrong. On the contrary, the correctness or error of an act or rule is solely a question of the overall non-moral goodness arising out of or in compliance with the consequences of the rules. All in all, according to the consequentialist, morality is the problem of moral goodness that arises from moral acts and rules, and moral responsibility is instrumental rather than intrinsic. Morality is the means at the other end; it is by no means an end in itself (Moreland, 2017).



In my understanding, “Ethical leadership” – leaders are both groups, organizations, active commanders, but also under the moral standards and psychological assessment of subordinates, is the subordinate concepts, the behaviour of the guide, demonstrator (Team, 2017). In recent years, some well-known Western companies such as Enron, Arthur Andersen, Clement Cross, Adelphia and other companies because of moral problems leading to the collapse of severe collapse, resulted in Western scholars on corporate ethics moral concern, put forward the concept of corporate ethics leadership (Brooks, 2013).


With the deepening of the socialist market economy, the value of people tends to diversify increasingly, some leaders of various interests and opportunities of temptation, moral loss, alienation, moral leadership, and transformation of the integration of recent remodelling, it is a profound theoretical problem and an urgent practical problem. As far as I can see, as a leader, he should make clear his difficult position, take the miserable positioning as the benchmark, take the ancient history as a mirror, and rely on the moral belief, and continually improve their moral quality (Hill, 2007).


Italian Jewish economist Pareto has a well-known Lorenz curve (INVESTOPEDIA, 2017), I think combined with the corporate management to the effect that 20% of the backbone of the company to create 80% performance, 5% of the senior directly affect 51% of income. If you make a bold assumption, assuming that the backbone of the company and the high-level change of heart, out of date, considering that the firm is about to be a group of their people to ruin. This time the boss what to do? Who’s the job of the smash? It seems that this is a complex problem, in fact, the root of the problem lies in the integrity of business leaders on ethics.


When some people ask me what the leadership is, I will answer Leadership is the moral charm! The foundation of influence comes from the moral and quality of the leaders themselves. I will emphasize the moral charm of the leaders stressed is: first of all, to do things. If the lack of moral integrity of leaders, then, no matter how much he is knowledgeable, talented, successful, but also cause significant damage – because he destroyed the enterprise. I believe the most valuable resource – people, the destruction of the spirit of the organization, undermine the achievements of the work (Anderson, 2013).


west-point (WEST POINT, 2017)

From the experience of leadership at West Point, I suggest that the pursuit of truth, judgment, self-discipline, and determination are the sources of influence on leaders of excellence, and the foundation upon which they inspire and motivate others. Courage, commitment, ability to make decisions, integrity, hardiness, empathy, adaptability, higher salience, etc. Also, and so is the West Point soldiers insisted on four years of philosophy and behavior. Excellence in leadership can be said that the leadership of the overall quality of the refining process, but also the process of improving the character (WEST POINT, 2017).

4v-model (Grace, 2017)


No matter what type of leadership, I just think ethically is important. In a sense, leadership is ethic. To support leadership must have four elements: vision, values, voice and virtue. If the four elements are out of balance and there is a terrible combination of ambiguity, personal power is higher than the organizational vision, placing personal interests in front of overall situation – selfish leaders. And if there is no vision, integrity does not have the ideal combination, will create a right but not the ability to achieve leadership. Voice cannot force the combination can lead to charity, but it will not open the new world. I believe only by balancing these that the leader can be loyal to an ethical ambition and fulfil that purpose for others (Grace, 2017).


In the workplace, poor moral people, even if the ability to do something is right, not necessarily have a good result; good moral people, whether in the workplace or other ways will have good popularity, good opportunities. Good ethics, colleagues, and supervisors are willing to not get along with you, do not deal with you, will help you, there will be good job opportunities, the corresponding will have good results. In short, the future is the era of leadership, rather than the era of managers. It is not born ability, but the day after tomorrow to create it. As a leader, there must be three awe, namely fear of law and discipline, fear of personality, fear of word of mouth. Finally, I hope that every leader can re-regulation, improve moral self-cultivation.



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