Are you a Boss or a Leader? Leadership establishes ethics because the word itself states to lead. We spend a multitude of
The Lead concept has three components in how your leadership establishes ethics for your workplace.
- 1) Treating the employees ethically
- 2) Reward ethical behavior
- 3) Train for ethics.
Treat Employees Ethically
Leaders treat employees the way they would want to be treated. If you demand respect, you have to respect your employees. An important aspect of ethics is respect. A leader should respect his employees and in return this creates the proper communication among one another. If you belittle your employees they will grow to resent you, creating animosity and an unhappy work environment. Employees should want to go to work because if they don’t, this reflects performance.
Reward Ethical Behavior
Part of being a good leader is motivating your team. We want everyone in the workplace to be successful, creating higher productivity, fewer risks, and costs due to lower error. Furthermore, Trustworthiness is an ethical value and when trust is
Operant Conditioning is a method of learning that occurs through rewards and punishments for behavior. We will focus on positive and negative conditioning aspects of reinforcement (reward) and taking away of something that someone enjoys(punishment).
It can be something as simple as coffee and doughnuts or bonuses. Bringing in coffee or giving a bonus is a reward, but when employees are not doing well not receiving the small rewards is noteworthy. Unconsciously they will observe the trend and look forward to the reward. In return, they will want to do well. An example is a reward for trusting employees to meet deadlines or send a memo on time. If they complete the task and there is a reward(employees tend to want to continue the behavior) but if they fail to complete the task(reward removed) and there is no coffee, doughnuts or bonus the employee makes an association with not complying or fulfilling what was asked of them.
Train for Ethics
We tend to adjust to certain acceptable codes of conduct that our boss upholds us to known as
Also, research on Ethical fading by Harvard focuses on this particular concept of stimulus and fear. A leader can place social fitness training programs that aid in the muscle memory of fear and mindfulness of ethical behavior scenarios, neuroscientist call this priming of the brain. If we can implement training on unethical scenarios, your employees will find it easier to be ethical in tough situations.
In closing leadership establishes ethics and you can implement the LEAD concept in your workplace for a more ethical enviroment.