In last few years the concept of leadership has gained a great deal of attention around the world, many universities and colleges are now offering leadership programs for youngster in order to help them in becoming an ethical leader. From a moral point of view the role of organizational leaders have ethical implications beyond their public life. In simple terms the meaning of leadership highly depends on the kind of institution in which it is found. Leadership also brings with it a responsibility to ensure that other people who are working in the organization should and must realize their obligations as well. In last few years many corporate leaders have began to consider a more ethical model, mainly because of various obvious factors. Various ethical concerns have been raised on many occasions related to social and policy changes in last two decades. People and institutions in power always takes the crown and amend values accordingly. It has been argued that ethical corporate culture is contingent upon ethical leadership, in many organizations the moral tone that creates any value are set by the top management, workers generally get their ethical cues by observing what their bosses do.
The issue of having rights is mostly lacking in the political environment or in the case of large organizations where people or organizations in power have their say and they control pretty much everything. On the other hand social and economic inequality is normally considered as the equal distribution of wealth and other responsibilities. This can be considered in the business context where a nephew or niece of the boss is given a promotion rather than someone who actually deserves that promotion. This kind of act is mostly considered as an unfair act. But what about nepotism, where an employer hire a person he knows well and trust.
What I have learned about ethics is that it’s a vast subject and something on which one can always debate or argue. Doing any business in a global culture can be very confusing at times, it’s hard to have a balance respect for other cultures when you already have a developed belief of your morality. In my view its clear that values can clash, that is the reason why civilization is still incompatible, values can be incompatible between cultures, societies, groups, companies or even it can clash between your values and mine. According to Berlin, any collisions of values are of the essence of what they are and what we are. People across the board or across different cultures may discuss each other’s point of view, at times people do reach on common grounds, but in the end what others pursue may not be reconcilable with my values that I have found.
The real test for me is when I become a part of such unethical system will I be able to challenge it?