What Can Ethical Leaders Do?
Ethical business leaders will have to take some immediate steps to show employees and stockholders they are honest and determined to do their best for the organization. Each leader must model high ethical standards. In addition, here are 10 more steps you can take right now.
Assess your personal morals. What you do in your personal life permeates your business affairs and the lives of your children. Be a good role model.
Review your company’s ethics. Make it clear what is and is not acceptable.
Establish your mission statement and your company’s core values. High ethical standards are based on integrity, honor, honesty and fairness to all.
Communicate the mission and core values to every employee and customer through your words and actions.
Create an ethics policy that clearly states the company’s philosophy and consequences for not following the policy. Some guidelines can be found on the Society for Human Resource Management’s Web site.
Implement ethics training.
Tighten your accounting practices as well as your conflict-of-interest policy.
Establish an ethics panel that will review ethics violations and questionable decisions. This group can take pressure off employees during decision making.
Include ethics in your performance evaluations to ensure employees are held accountable for their actions.
Watch out for any employee who is out to make a name for himself. It is often the superstar who is the one pushing the envelope.
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