Chekwa, Charles; Ouhirra, Latoya; Thomas, Eugene; Chukwuanu, Mmuta
June 2014
International Journal of Business & Public Administration;Summer2014, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p48
Academic Journal
Leaders within organizations cannot simply talk about behaving ethically; they must also "walk the walk" and exemplify behavior as a guide for the employees they lead. Specifically, executive and upper-level management must demonstrate their commitment to ethics through both words and actions and must provide a safe mechanism for reporting violations. In an effort to expound on this topic, this study is intended to answer the question, "What are the effects of leadership on ethical behavior within an educated workforce?" The assertions presented within this document center on the effect of various factors on productivity and management as they relate to ethics within business. Additionally, where available, legislation passed or proposed, to protect businesses and individuals regarding penalties for unethical behaviors, is reviewed. The results of this study indicate there is linear relationship between leadership ethical values and ethical behavior. This implies that if one knows, or has experienced ethical violations, he or she may be able to make some prediction about leadership impact.


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