Chapter 4: Behavioral Integrity: The Precursor to Ethical Leadership
From the Book: The Refractive Thinker®: Vol IV: Ethics, Leadership, and Globalization


Ethics transcends organizational policies, codes of conduct, what is taught in business/management schools, and even current legislation. Without a strong understanding of ethics, the moral essence of its nature and its applicability to human behaviors, organizations and society as a whole will continue to battle inequities, injustice, and dishonest leadership. “But ethics isn’t simply about all these things—right right and wrong, good and bad, virtue and vice, benefit and harm, propriety and impropriety. So too is it about principle—fixed, universal rule of right conduct that are contingent on neither time, nor culture nor circumstance” (Foster, G. 2003, p. 5). The creation of a strong, ethically-based environment is not an easy endeavor and it becomes literally impossible without the appropriate leader.
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