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Ethics and Leadership

1. Ethics is a topic that sparks a lot of debate amongst different groups of people; it is hard to keep everyone in an organization happy. Research one ethical issue that is prevalent in the workplace and decide, as a leader, how you would handle it.

2. You are having trouble communicating with one particular employee, but you know that this person has some excellent ideas to share with the company. What can you do to make this employee feel more comfortable opening up to you in two-way communication?

3. Manning and Curtis list the five most important values in the workplace: Honesty, Respect, Service, Excellence, and Integrity. Sometimes conflicts arise that cause a person to reconsider sticking to one or more of these values. Do you feel that it is acceptable for a leader to sacrifice his or her values for the better of the organization? Why or why not? Provide examples to support your argument.

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1. One ethical issue that is prevalent in the workplace is the unethical use of internet. This is unethical because during working hours employees are supposed to be doing company work and not wasting time chatting, writing e-mails, or watching pornography. Unauthorized use also leads to a situation where employees surreptitiously send to competitors, confidential company data. From the perspective of deontological ethics it is the duty of the employee to use the internet and company computer only for the use it has been given to the employee. As a leader you will take several steps to stop this unethical behavior. The first step will be to directly talk to all the employees and inform them that their use of internet will henceforth be tracked. Also, the employee handbook will now have a statement saying that everything they do on the computer will be tracked. As a leader, the action of informing the employees will reduce unauthorized use of computers and internet. Further, you will install tools that will enable the blocking of inappropriate sites and prevent users from sending/receiving files. The next important action is to check the reports that the monitoring software generates. The analysis of these reports will give you the websites your employees devote time to, which employees ...

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The answer to this problem explains Ethics. The references related to the answer are also included.

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