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  • Atit Gandhi

4 Success Tips to be an Ethical Leader

When the going is good everything is overlooked. It is during the time of crisis that leaders are treated as specimens, being micro-observed through the magnifying glass. Almost all of 2020 and the half of 2021 has seen organizations react differently to the Covid-19 situation. Yet, the most striking institutions are the ones that have maintained the highest order of integrity while treading on the rocky path. Any company is as good as its employees and generally, the human resource turns to its leader as an illuminating source of strength and purpose. There are several reasons why more and more businesses are making headlines for becoming redundant or going awry in today’s times. Yet, the one common factor can be traced back to unethical leadership. Here are the top 5 ways to be a torch-bearer of ethical leadership resisting any temptation of taking a shortcut to make quick gains.

1. Set High Values Personally – Young and old, new and experienced irrespective of which category you fall in, a leadership role can be fulfilled to the tee with great commitment towards personal development. Leaders must cultivate a sense of high values and ethics for themselves before expecting the same from their subordinates. Although there may be sticky situations without any precedent, leaders must navigate smartly and intuitively keeping ethical responsibility as a constant mentor. It is most critical to lead by example while setting moral standards.

2. Hire people with similar values - It is not possible to have a photocopy of the value system in the organisation, yet it is possible to identify people with similar moral values and a sense of conduct. Your hiring process should be strong and consistent to establish common ground with prospects and the company should adhere to a clear vision statement in team building. Creating a seamless alignment of work ethos and values helps in the long run and ensures the smooth and transparent functioning of an organization. It also fosters a culture of mutual respect.

3. Choose Truth over Loyalty – It is easier said than done but being ethical has always been a tough job. When budgets are minuscule and the bottom line is compromised it can be comforting to reduce or defer taxes or make extra spending on the welfare of staff to earn their loyalty. While there’s nothing wrong with that it is important to prioritize people over profit, yet balancing a budget and maintaining revenue is integral to a job in business administration.

4. Be a good Listener for your people - Executives and managers constantly find themselves in a position of conflict resolution. If not paid heed to, it can create roadblocks for the leader, department or the entire organization itself. It takes people to create a team, and considering everyone is unique the team dynamics becomes challenging. Some employees may be too afraid to speak or report, especially if it involves superiors. An ethical leader is committed to everyone’s welfare in the workplace and provides staff and employees with a safe environment to report unethical behaviour. Privacy and confidentiality must be maintained at all costs. It is regressive for leaders to avoid reprimanding employees for their unethical show to protect their image or reputation. Addressing a concern positively creates trust issues with employees and makes leaders proactive.

At Montage Group, we acknowledge that the costs of unethical behaviour can be damaging for followers. When we enjoy the benefits of leadership, we also assume its ethical burdens. We are committed to experience the organic growth of the organization with products, processes and people being enriched along with profitability through authentic leadership.

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