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Has the Definition of Ethical Leadership Changed in Your Business?

Posted on Jan 24th 2019


Has the Definition of Ethical Leadership Changed in Your Business?

Where does ethical leadership fall on your list of goals, priorities and practices for the new year?

It may seem like a topic that's importance and focus goes without saying, but like almost anything, leaving it unaddressed does far more damage than good.

The definition of ethical leadership has long been outlined as "leadership that is directed by respect for ethical beliefs and values and for the dignity and rights of others. It is thus related to concepts such as trust, honesty, consideration, charisma and fairness."

While this definition hasn't changed much much, a few aspects within it are:

Ethical Beliefs and Values

There is common consensus around what constitutes ethical beliefs and values. But more important than understanding cultural shifts and changes is where your own beliefs and values fit among them. Would yours be deemed unethical in any way with the way the world is moving?

If so, which ones are you and your organization willing to stand by under scrutiny?

Rights of Others

Human, civic, and workplace rights are changing. Understanding how your ethical leadership policies and practices should change as a result is vitally important to ensuring a safe work environment for your employees.

If you're unsure of how your current policies or practices may need to be adjusted, don't wait to get in touch with your HR professional. Hostile work environment lawsuits can be easily avoided with focused attention on your employees' wellbeing.


The precise definition of fair is always going to vary from person to person, but the bottom line can be interpreted as simply as "equal opportunity."

Equal opportunity for earning potential, promotions, or anything else for qualified employees of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation, class, family life, etc. Protected statuses are evolving, and it's imperative to stay current on your responsibilities as an employer to maintain ethical leadership practices.