QUICK TIPS: LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT TIPS LEADERSHIP is a publication of the Student DEVELOPMENT STEPS IN MAKING AN Organizations and Leadership ETHICAL DECISION Programs Office (554-2711). TIPS A Unit of Student Affairs Ethical decision making is in many ways based on sound general decision making Advisors from the Student principles. One model which an ethical leader can use to make an ethical decision Organizations and Leadership ETHICAL Programs Office offer consultation in is this one: these areas and other areas of LEADERSHIP • Think through the ethical dilemma organizational leadership. which you are facing. Try to identify all of its components as objectively as LEADERSHIP possible. DEVELOPMENT TIPS also available on the following topics • Think of all the options which are available to you. Brainstorming Conflict Resolution • Determine which option you believe to Delegation be the most ethical. At this point, you Diversity may wish to make this decision alone, Fund Raising or in consultation with others. Goal Setting Marketing Your Leadership Skills • Give your decision the “ethical test.” Meetings Ask yourself if you would feel comfort- Motivation able if your decision and reasoning for Officer Training/Transition it were printed in the newspaper. Organizational Retreats Parliamentary Procedures • Think of the consequences of your Program Planning decision. What is the worst thing that Publicizing Events could occur? What is the best thing Recruitment & Retention "Oh, what a tangled web that could occur? Can you accept both Stress Management of these potential outcomes? we weave, When first we Team Building Time Management practice to deceive!" The University of Nebraska at Omaha is an affirmative -Sir Walter Scott, action/equal opportunity institution. For special needs or accommodations, please let us know one week in advance by calling 554-2711. (TTY 554-3799) LEARN MORE ABOUT Suggestions for Behaving Ethically • Behave in ways that are consistent with what is really important. This means ETHICAL LEADERSHIP If the ethical leader has his or her own keeping perspective. Perspective allows us to reflect and to see things personal ethics clear and has a sense of the more clearly so that we can see what is What are Ethics? organization’s ethics, then ethical behavior is really important to guide our behavior. that which is consistent with these codes. At its most basic, ethics is deciding what Information borrowed and adapted from a presenta- is right (or more right) in a particular • Behave in ways that are consistent with tion by Sara A. Boatman, “Ethical Leadership: situation—determining what ought to be — your purpose (the road you choose to Doing What’s Right.” deciding what is consistent with one’s travel in your life—– that which gives personal or organizational value system. meaning and definition to your life). A Solving Problems Ethically clear personal purpose is the foundation for ethical behavior. A clear organiza- • What’s the core problem? What is Ethical Leadership? tional purpose would seem to enhance or- Define in plain language what’s wrong. ganizational ethics as well. Limit your response to one sentence to Ethical leadership combines ethical keep it simple. decision-making and ethical behavior, • Behave in ways that you are personally and occurs in both an individual and an or- proud of. Self esteem is a powerful tool • What facts will help me decide what ganizational context. A major responsibil- for behaving ethically — and they stipu- to do? List the supporting data you ity of a leader is to make ethical late that self esteem is personal pride will need to identify your options and decisions and behave in ethical ways — mixed with a fair amount of humility, and analyze solutions. and to see that the organization understands this balance creates the confidence to and practices its ethical code. “hang tough” when dealing with ethical • What’s at stake? Assess the cost of dilemmas. acting vs. not acting. • Behave with patience and with faith in • What does experience teach me? your decisions and yourself. Patience Reflect on similar problems and how helps us to behave in ways that will be the you have dealt with them. Cite facts best in the long run, and to avoid the trap and draw lessons that relate to the of having to have things happen immedi- current situation. ately. Adapted from Leading Quietly, Joseph L. Badaracco Jr. • Behave with persistence. This means be- Harvard Business School Press. having ethically all of the time — not just when it is convenient to do so. An ethical leader has persistence to stick to her/her purpose and to achieve what she/he envisions.
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