There is a big difference between a supervisor and an ethical leader, specifically in how each one makes their team feel: Do they misuse their authority or set a good example?
In today’s transparent world, with employer review sites like Glassdoor, company leaders are more likely to be called out over the ways they lead employees. How they interact with those inside the company can have a massive impact on the organization’s ability to attract and keep new talent.
Ethical leadership ought to be practiced by everyone in a management role, as it fosters a culture of trust and respect between employees and executives. If you want your business to enjoy the many benefits of ethical leadership, follow these suggestions.
Outline your leadership morals
While treating others with respect and following the other basic morals we all learned as children will always be relevant to those in leadership, values change over time. What used to be acceptable behavior is no longer acceptable and what used to be overlooked is now getting intense scrutiny on social media.
Leaders need to clearly define their leadership morals based on their own values, those of society at-large and those of the company. Knowing your moral code as a leader and sticking to that code makes you seem authentic and it encourages your employees to uphold their own strong morals.
Hire with morals in mind
While your ethics don’t have to be the same as your employees’, you ought to have common moral ground with them. This starts off with the candidate selection process and is carried through to daily operations.
People of every race, age, nationality, ability, gender and sexual orientation have different values. You can have a team that agrees on a shared set of values and still develop a diverse, respectful work culture. In fact, it’s good to hire candidates who have varied experiences and points of view because they each bring something different to various challenges.
One of many crucial obligations for business leaders is to produce a culture where transparency is encouraged, and anyone can be heard. With each decision you make, be transparent and solicit feedback from your team. This helps you become a decision maker and helps your employees feel more confident about sharing their thoughts.
Be conscious of bias
Unfortunately, each of us has subconscious ways of thinking that might be out-of-date or offensive. Most people do not want to acknowledge their flaws, however, not being self-aware can result in negative repercussions.
Ethical leaders look at themselves in the mirror regularly and consider any biases that may affect decisions.
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