10 Characteristics of Ethical Leaders and Values-Driven Organizations

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Here are my weekly tips to help you and your colleagues become more effective and respected leaders.

1.) High Values Awareness
Values are regularly communicated and discussed to ensure awareness and understanding throughout the organization.

2.) High Values Accountability
People are evaluated on values-driven practices as well as results—with zero tolerance for conscious values violations.

3.) Leadership By Example
Leaders earn the right to expect others to do things by doing those things themselves.

4.) Values-Driven Decision Making
Decisions are checked to ensure they are in accord with organizational values BEFORE they are implemented.

5.) In Sync Policies and Procedures
Rules, policies, and practices are evaluated to ensure they reflect and support organizational values.

6.) Values-Driven Education
Training and other developmental activities teach people how to demonstrate ethics and apply organizational values.

7.) Attention To Perceptions
Climate surveys and other perception-collecting activities are important components of organizational assessment and change strategies.

8.) Steady, Incremental Change
Emphasis is placed on many small improvements rather than quick-fix fads and “programs of the year.”

9.) Values-Based Selection
The degree to which people subscribe to and practice organizational values is a key criterion in hiring and promotion decisions.

10.) Encouraged Initiative
People are rewarded for Walking The Talk rather than complaining, pointing fingers, or waiting for others to take the first step.

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Comment by Tanmoy on March 9, 2009 at 1:01pm
I agree with you. Nice post.
Comment by scotflava on March 3, 2009 at 3:56pm
This is why the government should not save AIG, Leman Brothers, Citi Bank ect... They got themselves in trouble by not being ethical. I say let them hang from a tree and twist in the wind...
Comment by Dawn Cook on March 2, 2009 at 7:51pm
I am a firm believer in "doing the right thing" and never compromising your core values to please someone else or to "get the vote." These tips that you put forth are excellent and I am going to incorporate them into the 4-H club that I am starting in our town. Kids these days have fallen victim to video games and the internet. When I applied to be a 4-H volunteer I was asked why I wanted to do so. That was easy, because I feel that kids need a leader who can teach them to take responsibility, take initiative, there are no handouts, goal setting, and how to follow your dreams and dream big. We are very anxious to bring this program to our town for the first time ever. Thank you for the bullet points and I will definately use them!
Comment by Beth Schmillen on March 2, 2009 at 4:03pm
I suppose it's not always possible to truly discern a person's character when they are hired or join an organization. I can see why one might implement such a guide.

It reminds me of when I took an ethics course at university and many of the students looked at one another and commented: What? the professor thinks we don't already know right from wrong?

But, as wall street has shown us, those in big business have had serious ethical foibles or their accountants use new math... (finally got to make a new math joke after 30?+ years of it!)

seriously though, it is essential to maintain high standards as an individual and in your professional life and your article outlines how to do this extremely well


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Comment by Rajiv Badlani on February 25, 2009 at 3:10am
A really preceptive friend of mine, he's a human resource development specialist, says it really well. "Your head will really confuse you sometimes", he says, "but your heart will always guide you right"
Comment by Cheryl Henderson on February 22, 2009 at 9:16pm
I believe ethics plays a big part of success not only in business but in every aspect of our lives. The value and importance of ethics have taken a back seat to money, greed, ego and self preservation in our society. If there's any doubt about it just take a look around at the state of economy for one and the number on businesses failing. What good is all this new technology without good morals, values, and ethics to guide us in putting it to good use.
Comment by Joseph Hewitt on February 17, 2009 at 11:40pm
I agree on all points, but have a counter-question for the group.

How do you maintain these ideals as your company grows? For example, on the other end of the spectrum from startup businesses are large, public companies. These companies are driven by the short-term profit focus of Wall Street. All companies are somewhere on the spectrum between a startup and and Enron (in my humble opinion). How do you slow the progress towards the other side as your business grows in size?
Comment by Jerry Segraves on February 16, 2009 at 12:44pm
Good blog and great ideas!
Comment by Shawnasie Shear on February 14, 2009 at 10:26am
Those are the qualities I look for in a leader and the ones I hope others have found in me. GREAT blog!
Comment by Carol Ann Stott on February 13, 2009 at 1:07pm
These are essential. Appreciate even more the paragraph of how this social network is working for you.

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