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What do you believe are the most important characteristics of ethical leadership? (I plan to delete the prompts in red before I submit- it just makes it easier to make sure everything is responded to

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1. What do you believe are the most important characteristics of ethical leadership? (I
plan to delete the prompts in red before I submit- it just makes it easier to make sure
everything is responded to)
“To be an ethical leader is indeed to be different. This kind of leader acknowledges the
complexity of running a responsible business, yet tries to do it anyway.”
― Andrew Leigh, Ethical Leadership: Creating and Sustaining an Ethical Business
Culture
Perhaps the greatest challenge and responsibility of an ethical leader is to set an
unwaveringly strong example of integrity while simultaneously considering the long-term
needs of all stakeholders (Mihelic, Lipicnik, & Tekavcic, 2010). This can be a daunting task
and requires a myriad of consistently demonstrated characteristics in order to be effective. An
ethical leader treats people with respect and kindness—listening not only to other’s concerns,
but to their ideas for change, growth and improvement. An ethical leader is fair, refuses to
“play favorites,” or tolerate discrimination. He/she encourages open communication,
welcomes input, makes time to engage followers in conversations about values and ethical
dilemmas, and moves expeditiously to address and remedy ethical violations. An ethical
leader fosters a teaming environment where employees feel part of the process and therefore
accept ownership of the company’s successes and failures. Perhaps the most important
characteristic of an effective leader, however, is “walking the talk.” (Rabinowitz) There is
additional responsibility on the leader to demonstrate the core values he/she expects from
his/her team: acting with humanity, humility and honesty. These core values create a
thriving work environment where everyone feels respected, valued, and inspired to contribute
as part of a collective effort, regardless of their place in the organization. An effective leader
creates an ethical culture that employees embrace without resistance. ETH301.3 SLP. LastName
1. Describe the relationship between the ethical leader and the follower.
The efficacious leader-follower relationship is symbiotic, with each party acutely aware
of their interdependence. If the leader has done his/her job successfully, the followers will
feel like they are in partnership with the leader as a cohesive team, not as voiceless
submissives. The roles of leader and follower are different, but one is not necessarily more
important than the other. Everyone should be working towards a common goal, with the
hierarchy somewhat muted. Followers should be encouraged to give input, respectfully
challenging the leader to keep him/her on track to further joint goals. For this to happen, the
leader must solicit and then embrace feedback about projects, processes, and even his/her
own performance (Men, 2014). Leaders must be willing to admit when they make mistakes
to create openness with stakeholders, and to model the receipt of constructive feedback. An
ethical leader must have zero tolerance for egregious ethical breaches and must be willing to
fire even a top producer to demonstrate this point (Mihelic, Lipicnik, & Tekavcic, 2010).
Although the leader may ultimately have more accountability to top management, the
followers are the ones who provide the product on which the leader will be judged. The
credit or blame may go to the leader, but he/she is beholden to his/her followers for the
product. The followers in some ways have more “power,” because they can build upon or
sabotage the efforts of a leader they (dis)respect. (Moran, 2014) An ethical leader realizes
that his/her accomplishments, and that of the organization, are inextricably connected to the
relationship he/she develops with the team of followers who do the real work.
Why is this relationship important for organizations that are attempting to do the right
thing?
The leader-follower relationship is the foundation of an organization, and as such, is
critical to every aspect of its functioning. This relationship is paramount to the success of a ETH301.3 SLP. LastName
company trying to do the right thing for all its stakeholders (stockholders, employees and
community). The fruitful bond between leaders and followers is the backbone of any
organization and has a tangible effect on retention of key staff and recruitment of top talent,
and critically influences how projects are approached, tasks are assigned, and responsibility is
shared (Men, 2014). Investors want to commit resources to ethical organizations and
consumers want to do business with them. Stakeholders and shareholders want to be
associated with organizations that have built a public reputation for operating with integrity
(cite). An efficacious leader-follower relationship influences acquisition of capital and staff
which can ultimately translate into a better bottom line.
When people feel ownership to the processes as well as the product, they are more likely
to insist that nobody sabotages the organization with unethical practices. (Men, 2014) If this
“self-policing” was in place at Lockheed back in the 70s, it is possible that some of the public

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