It is invariably true that every leader wants to be efficient and effective and create a positive impact on their organisations. In this essay, we will discuss the implications of ethical leadership and what strategies I will employ as an ethical leader myself.
My strategy will be to find a balance between task and people. I will focus my energies towards addressing concerns by, first, accurately identifying and analysing problems and then resolving them in a timely and impactful way. I believe as an ethical leader I must also be an effective communicator and keep all stakeholders informed at all times. I must be sensitive to other peoples’ needs and communicate in a way that will demonstrate empathy appropriately.
‘Walking-the-talk’ is another approach that I will employ to establish myself as an ethical leader. I will need to establish credibility, consistency and competence through my behaviour and be a trusted advisor to my colleagues and stakeholders. I must practice self-confidence and self-reliance to be able to foster an environment of self-respect and self-worth. This can be done by taking interest, expressing sincere concern when necessary and remaining engaged with my co-workers and clients at all times to ensure their growth and welfare.
I believe that as an ethical leader I must develop a keen analytical understanding of the key strengths and areas of improvement for my own performance and that of others in my organisation. Being able to recognise and appreciate the strengths and contributions of others will help in delegating the right responsibilities and duties to the right people. Along with this recognising the weaknesses of the organisation will help me invest time and resources in building capabilities that will strengthen the organisation.
Being open to feedback and inviting ideas from colleagues, stakeholders and the organisational leaders is another strategy that will help an ethical leader achieve the organisational goals and