There were several key insights from this week’s reading being an effective ethical leader and values of work:
The first key insight was about being an effective ethical leader. Being an effective leader is using skills learned and acquired to motive and engage employees. Leadership is a combination of personal characteristics, attributes, and traits that sets the tone on how business is conducted and having others follow suit. Listening to others, being open to feedback, and being open to new ideas, and developing leadership skills is a start to becoming an effective leader. However, being a good an effective leader doesn’t always mean that the leader is an ethical leader.
Ethical leaders demonstrate traits of integrity, honesty and trustworthiness, but they also demonstrate these traits when making decisions for a corporation. ...view middle of the document...
One who involves exchanges that are necessary for achieving routine performance and, one that can also elevate the interests that go beyond their own interest for the good of others. One who carries a certain charisma that provides a vision and a sense of mission that instills pride in the employees who earned the respect and trust of others. By demonstrating these qualities, it embraces and engages the employees to work towards a common goal for the good of the company and its stakeholders.
Developing goals that focus on the company’s mission, values, and codes of conduct are excellent ways ethical leader can be effective. Mission and values will help determine what the company stands for, the vision of the company’s direction, and overall all culture of the company.
Another key insight from this week was also based on the value of work. Work is more than just a paycheck. Although we need a paycheck to pay for essential needs such as food, clothing, housing, and other bills, work should be more than a paycheck. Work provides us with “goods” other than income. It is self-rewarding to work, and it brings value and such as self-worth and self-esteem and an expression of our character. Since the beginning of time, God’s plan was for us to work. In Genesis 2:15, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” The value of work reminded me of the one of the first lessons in this course from Lemler. We use the creativeness and other abilities to function as a whole in a society and in the workplace. Every aspect of a job plays an important role in a company. Regardless of the job title and the activity of the job, God’s wishes and desires are being fulfilled by us working. God’s preparation of work and each of God’s creative activity is good, and was created for our enjoyment.
DesJardins, J. (2011). An Introduction to Business Ethics (14th ed.). New York, NY: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.