Leadership is the core function of businesses. When a company has a great leader, they can succeed. When a company has a bad leader, success may occur, but company culture may suffer. This article specifically applies to those who are managers. If you find yourself in the C Suite these examples still apply, but may not impact those below you as much.
Ethical leadership goes beyond being a good leader. You can be a good leader, but still not be ethical to your employees. Ethical leadership is what helps you stand out among your peers and become a boss people want to work under.
1. Create Obtainable Goals
Creating obtainable goals is the first step to ethical leadership. Usually leaders like to aim towards one defined end goal. However, ethical leadership involves breaking down the end goal in to more obtainable and measurable stepping stones. I think this saying by Robin Camarote describes it all.
“When you set a big goal, you’re really assigning yourself thousands of small tasks. When people give up on these big goals, it’s often because they haven’t clarified what those thousands of small tasks are or planned for the time and work needed. “
Employees need to see the little progress to stay motivated. Your job as a manger is to get the task done. It is the ethical duty of leaders to make sure their group is given the benchmarks needed to remain motivated.
2. Use Your Time Wisely
The average adult spends 3 hours and 48 minutes a day on their devices. This is bound to bleed into work time. Many companies now have a policy for devices and actually monitor your time on company computers. Employees are told to stay off their phones and focus on the work in front of them. You are no exception. Make sure you use your time to work and to manage. Be relational and do not spend your time on electronics. Your employees will notice and it will trickle down throughout your employees. Everyone will become more focused on work and less on distractions.
3. Lead by Example
This is the most importation aspect of ethical leadership. Employees have to follow policies, do the “unwanted” work and report to you. You made it to leadership, but you did not just make it there overnight. These employees look up to you, but you are no better than them at the end of the day. You have to remember your roots and remember the drive needed to get through. Start by saying thank you to your employees more, appreciate them for the work they do, try to avoid conflict and always take on a positive attitude. Most importantly, remember the golden rule of life – treat others like you want to be treated.
Another aspect of leading by example may mean getting your hands dirty with tasks you don’t want to do. Great leaders will still take out the trash, help their employees with their daily tasks and most importantly they will say “Don’t worry, I can do this for you today. You have earned a break.” For more tips of leading by example, check out this website.
Being a leader has much responsibility. Your success is greatly determined on how well your relationships with others is built. Ethical leadership goes a step beyond typical management and follows servant leadership closely. As you get promoted and find yourself in charge of more people, remember the golden rule – treat others as you want to be treated. If you stray away from this, you are setting yourself up for failure. People will follow the you and if you don’t set up a great example, your employees will drag you down with them.