Chapter 7: The Impact That Ethics and Values Have On Leader-Follower Relationships
From the Book: The Refractive Thinker®: Vol IV: Ethics, Leadership, and Globalization


In the 21st Century, it is not unusual for leaders and organizations to experience ethical dilemmas. Leadership comes with authority and power appropriate for the position given. The benefits and responsibilities within these leadership positions can ignite ethical challenges that could impact the leader-follower relationship. Leaders often find themselves using the power and authority given to their position to benefit self-interests. At the same time, their followers would experience the negative effects from the leader-follower relationship resulting in mistrusts of the leader. Leaders must remember that they need to be accountable not only for their decisions, actions, but also to their followers. This is why insights and understanding into what impact ethics and values have on leader-follower relationships are important for sustaining organizational stability.
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