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ethics definition

derivative from the greek word ethos, meaning customs, conduct, or character

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focuses on

virtuousness of individuals and their motives
-concerned with the kinds of values and morals an individual or society ascribes as desirable or appropriate

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two domains of ethics

1. conduct
2. character

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conduct involves

1. consequences (teleological theories)
-ethical egoism
-utilitarianism
2. duty (deotological theories)

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character involves

virtue-based theories (aretaic theories)

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deontology

-"looking for the guiding rule"
-if its not against the rules it must be allowed
-divine command theory
-the spirit of the rules

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teleology

-"the end is more important than the means"
-utility of an act
(utilitarianism)
(weighing the good against the bad)
-consequences of an act
(consequential)
(weighing the consequences against the value)

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altruism

-aretaic (virtue) ethics
-authenticity
-benevolence
-ghandi

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influence dimension

of leadership requires the leader to have an impact on the lives of followers

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ethical climate

leaders help establish and reinforce organizational values

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5 principals of ethical leadership

-respect others
-builds community
-serves others
-shows justice
-manifests honesty

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respect others

-listens closely to subordinates
-is emphatic
-is tolerant of opposing viewpoints

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shows justice

-all subordinates are treated in an equal manner
-in special treatment/special consideration situations, grounds for differential treatment are clear, reasonable, and based on sound moral values

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serve others

-mentoring behaviors
-empowerment behaviors
-team building behaviors
-citizen behaviors

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manifests honesty

-are not deceptive
-tell the truth with a balance of openness and candor while monitoring what is appropriate to disclose in particular situation

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builds community

-takes into account purposes of everyone in the group
-is attentive to interests of the community and culture
-does not force others or ignore intentions of others

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strengths

-provides a body of timely research
-provides direction on how to think about ethical leadership and how to practice it
-suggests that leadership is not amoral, should be an integral part of leadership
-highlights principals and virtues that are important in ethical leadership development

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criticisms

-lack a strong body of traditional research findings
-relies on just a few individuals that are descriptive and anecdotal
-strongly influenced by personal opinion

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application

-can be applied to individuals at all levels of organization and in all walks of life
-managers and leaders can use this to better their leadership (work in progress)
-use ethics as a benchmarks for their own behavior