- Posted Wednesday July 24, 2019
One aspect of leadership that is often overlooked is the impact of morals and ethics. Lines can become blurred in these areas, and the “right” thing isn't always done, either because of cost or a risk posed to the business.
The truth of the situation is that employees want to work for someone they believe in, and someone they trust.
One way to build this level of trust is having a high moral and ethical standing, which effectively means doing what you say you will do and making decisions for the right reasons, not necessarily just to make more money or because it’s the easier option.
If I asked you to think of one of the greatest leaders in the world, the chances are that the names Nelson Mandela or Mahatma Gandhi come to mind.
What distinguishes these leaders from others?
Gandhi was an Indian activist who led the Indian Independence Movement against British Colonial rule. He was famously non-violent and his beliefs inspired civil rights movements across the world.
He is the father of the peaceful protest and was against harming any living being, including animals. Gandhi dedicated his life to “Pursuing the Truth” and October 2nd has been named ‘International Day of Non-Violence’ in his memory.
Mentioning Nelson Mandela creates an emotional response in many of us, creating feelings of awe at the self-sacrifice of fighting against injustice and serving 27 years behind bars. Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader and philanthropist, who eventually served as President of South Africa and is said to have believed in displaying “morally exemplary conduct”.
What both of these leaders have in common is their belief in doing the right thing, and putting human rights at the forefront of their actions.
Take our quick quiz to learn more about your leadership style
We don’t all want to change the world. But we do all want to work for a leader that we can believe in, that puts their teams first, and always makes a decision for the right reason. Thinking about the morals and ethics that matter to you, and sticking with them, will define you.
So what result did you get?
Find out more about the different leadership types here:
You're an ethical leader
Ethical leaders aim to do the right things, at the right time, for the right people. They are selfless and make great managers, working towards the greater good. They are great role models and will endeavour to make decisions for the right reasons, even if it costs them personally.
Famous ethical leaders include Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.
You're a driven leader
You know your goal and how to achieve it. You will always work hard and get the task done. This doesn't mean you don't have a high moral code, just that if you have to choose success or doing the "right" thing, you might err on the side of the choice that will deliver the most effective results.
Alex Ferguson or Julius Caesar are great examples.
You're a balanced leader
You have great emotional intelligence and a calm head that allows you to weigh up the pros and cons in all situations. You will weigh up a situation before deciding on the best course of action.
Balanced leaders include the Obamas and Richard Branson.