Facing Ethical Issues As A Leader

Facing Ethical Issues As A Leader


Having been a restaurant manager for a few years, a shift leader in the engineering industry for a few years as well, and have led a team of 20-30 people during my time in the MLM industry, I have faced ethical issues which I had to face head on and resolve in the right manner.

Business leaders have the difficult task of balancing the performance of their team and at the same time maintaining the ethical values that exists in the workplace. But amidst the professional approach and good management, facing ethical issues as a leader has its own ups and downs.


How To Face Ethical Challenges

There is no specific principle or written book on how to face these ethical challenges. Experienced business leaders have had their own share of bad situations and consequences during the course of their career. But years of facing many such issues have eventually made it easier for an experienced leader to cope with the challenge.

Leaders facing ethical issues within their corporations or teams can develop specific guidelines to help them ease their dilemma. One is to define an ethical standard that leaders and their people can adjust to and follow. This standard should address the personal aspect of an individual and how he/she can use this ethical standard to guide him/her.


Emphasize the importance of an ethical standard

Tapping on the “What’s in it for me” factor is one way to emphasize the importance of an ethical standard. This will give people a sense of importance and openness as they go about their jobs every day.

Another way to tap the interest of people is to approach each situation with positive and objective perspectives. A leader should always take note that moral values play important roles in the workplace and shouldn’t be compromised for the sake of addressing a dilemma.

Leaders can adjust and realign ethical issues especially if there are concerns based on beliefs, religion and other personal aspects. What needs to be addressed is how an an ethical standard can withstand the difference within the organization/team without leaving others in the dust. The main goal is to benefit from the ethical standard without compromising any minority.

There are other aspects that need the attention of a leader. How the ethical standard will be executed will depend on how a leader looks at every issue or dilemma. He/she should have a certain level of consciousness and a positive attitude to be able to address the issue in a humane and ethical manner.

Analyzing ethical issues in such a way that the majority will benefit from it should be first priority. Leaders have the authority and the capability to make or break his team, and it is appropriate to find the right approach to get a win-win result in facing ethical issues as a leader.


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