The Importance of Ethical Leadership A Guest Post by Angela D. Pearson MBA, M.S.

Caring For The Caregiver offered by Phyllis Quinlan, PhD, RN-BC

Crossing out Lies and writing Truth on a blackboard.

Ethical leadership is described as “the demonstration of normatively appropriate conduct through personal actions, interpersonal relationships, and the promotion of such conduct to followers through two-way communication, reinforcement, and decision-making” (Brown, Treviño, & Harrison, 2005, p. 120). Ethical leadership brings credibility, respect, trust and fosters a positive environment. According to Mayer, Kuenzi, Greenbaum, Bardes, and Salvador (2009) the social learning theory proposes when there are role models in the work setting, individuals will strive to emulate these models. We will discuss two of those leaders and the behaviors displayed that made their leadership unethical.

Rod Blagojevich is a former American politician who served as the 40th Governor of Illinois from 2003 to 2009. In March 2012, Blagojevich began serving a 14-year sentence in a federal prison in Colorado following conviction for corruption. His unethical acts included the soliciting of bribes for political appointments including the vacant U.S. Senate seat of…

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