Leadership Development

Ethics and Goals Can Create an Uncomfortable Situation for Some Companies

— By Dave DeSouza

Business ethics is a complex topic because there are as many definitions of ethics and ethical leadership as there are business managers in the world. Ethics is not a stand alone concept, either. It’s closely tied to organizational goals, internal and external working relationships, and leadership. Though it would seem that morals and character would define how someone makes decisions in the workplace, it’s just not that simple. When people’s compensation and job security are dependent on reaching goals and achieving outcomes, the ‘right’ decision may not always be absolutely clear.

It’s popular today for organizations to develop a....