Communicating ethics to others

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Information sharing is a key component of leadership, much of which is audible, prompting the need for leaders to develop and cultivate effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills.

Gamble and Gamble (2013, p. 124) support this position by stating, “…the leader’s success depends upon the ability to use words to tell stories that capture the organization’s culture, create meanings, and shape expectations in others, motivating their positive action.” Words that promote ethics and convey a shared understanding of organizational values should be among the leader’s most frequently communicated messages.

For this discussion:

  • Imagine you are a leader addressing your direct reports, and deliver a 1 page message that shares the importance of abiding by a code of ethics.
  • Choose one value espoused by your organization and briefly describe the individual and organizational benefits of abiding by it.

 

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