Leadership, Trustworthiness and Ethical Stewardship Essay

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The problem to be investigated is the relationship between leadership, trustworthiness, and ethical stewardship; how these virtuous qualities can impact leaders, individuals, and companies. This paper will attempt to provide an academic opinion related to the problem investigated. The evidence of correlation between these qualities will be generated from my own personal experience and perspective as well as the viewpoints of multiple business experts.
Leadership
To guide, direct and manage people with an inspired purpose and vision is a workable definition of business leadership. In the book, An Integrative Theory of Leadership, Chemers defines leadership as enlisting the aid and support of others to accomplish a task. He enhances this
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Furthermore integrating tasks such as internal maintenance of repetitive tasks and adaptability to external events is imperative because maintaining order and stability internally increases productivity, yet being able to adapt to change is a critical element in innovation. (Chemers, 1997, p. 2-3)
Trustworthiness
“Trust people and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.” (Emerson, n.d.) A healthy marriage is a perfect example of a relationship built on trust. Two people come together with a mutual commitment to love, honor and cherish one another. Creating wealth as a couple is not necessarily a prerequisite for a marriage contract to thrive; yet businesses need trusting, mutually beneficial relationships, much like a marriage, to prosper financially. These five wealth creating conditions occur when follower’s perceptions of trustworthiness exist: (1) higher employee commitment, (2) more extra role behaviors, (3) closer interpersonal relationships between leaders and employees, (4) more favorable views of human resource policies and (5) a stronger social contract between employees and the organization. (Caldwell & Hansen, 2010, p. 1)
Ethical Stewardship
Conforming to business and socially accepted conduct standards defines what is ethical while stewardship concerns a person who is responsible for the protection of another

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