Because I am writing my dissertation about ethics, I came accross ethical leadership that I find interesting. Ethics is basically about knowing what is right and what is wrong. Ethics goes back to the ancient Greek philosophy, particularly to Aristotle...
But what is the right behaviour? It is quite difficult because for different cultures, religions and individuals right and wrong can mean different things, therefore ethics can vary.
Ethical leaders must act, make decisions and lead ethically in terms of their attitudes, behaviours, interactions and directions. It is very important how these leaders treat other people in his actions and what their principles and values are that drive them. Ethical leaders are ethical all the time and they continuously prove this. Ethical leaders are able to put their egos and personal interests on the side for the sake of the people, the company, or the greater good. Ethical leaders understand the power of leadership and they know how to use it well. Ethical leaders are the role models of ethical behaviour in an organisation, they build trust, they bring credibility, integrity and respect into the organisation, they are able to create a good climate within the company. Ethical leaders have a particular obligation in order to make the world a better place. Ethical leaders can sleep well at night, because they know that they always acted and behaved ethically.