Ethics Leadership Case Study: Ethical Leadership
Ethical leadership includes leading in a way that reverences the entitlements and dignity of other people (Ciulla 2004). A leaders character and integrity is the groundwork of their individual characteristics which direct and influence their morals, actions and decisions (Resick et al. 2006). Ethical awareness is another trait of an ethical leader. Ethical awareness is being capable to observe and be thoughtful to moral concerns that are applicable and that require attention in decision making that will impact others (Resick et al. 2006).
Ethical leaders focus on ‘‘serving the greater good’’ (Trevin˜o et al., 2003, p. 19), which means being focused on people, being aware how someone’s action can affect …show more content…
Lynne Doughtie as CEO and US Chairman of KPMG demonstrates the ethical leadership traits of character and integrity through her commitment to integrity, and her statement that ‘ethical behaviour is non-negotiable’. She is an ethical leader because in the article she clearly states what the company’s values are and makes sure that everyone sticks to them She doesn’t shift her values (won’t employ people who don’t keep these standards). She also portrays social responsibility through the companies reinvests in society and education.
The second example; Tim Cook, shows shaky ethical behaviour because of the premise the case study suggests (that ethical leaders are responsible for all facets of the business), then Tim Cook needs to do a better job in China. He does display similar things to Lynne including investments in education, however, he can and does turn a blind eye to the things going on who cause harm to people. This makes people question your integrity, as a company and that integrity is only upheld by being ethical at all …show more content…
While Schermerhorn et al infers that Tim Cook is directly or indirectly responsible for everything that happens at Apple, this doesn’t specifically mean that Apple’s $89.6 million deal with the CEO is unethical; rather, that this deal was made for the purposes of something other than his performance as an ethical leader. (reference) For example, it could be argued that Tim Cook has increased Apple’s market cap from approximately $283 billion in 2011 to over $800 billion in 2017, thus justifying his pay scheme (reference).
Notwithstanding the above, following the reasoning provided by Schermerhorn et al, Tim Cook is responsible for the stress and chemical exposure of those staff at Foxconn working as a supplier to Apple (reference). In order for Tim Cook to demonstrate to both his own company and the wider community that he is an ethical leader, he should take action quickly to improve working conditions of staff at Foxconn and all other suppliers and contracts that work for Apple, even at the expense of higher operating or production costs