INTEGRITY AND ETHICS IN LEADERSHIP

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INTEGRITY AND ETHICS IN LEADERSHIP La’Karia Sam I NTEGRITY AND E THICS IN L EADERSHIP ABSTRACT The test of a true leader is his/her capacity to adhere to a strong foundation of ethics, articulate them as standards for colleagues and staff, and "practice what s/he preaches" by example on a daily basis. Personal leadership values form this ethical foundation, and are based upon past life experiences and current work processes that seek to improve rights and services
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for victims of crime. Ethical behavior reflects a sense of self-respect that translates into respect for others in all encounters. The process of living one’s personal values in a leadership role requires being in touch with one’s inner world of purpose, dreams, principles, aspirations, and ethics, which in the end gives meaning to one’s life. The application of a leadership lifestyle is challenging and requires total commitment to the concept of integrity. INTRODUCTION The greatest leaders of history, regardless of their age, gender, race, or platform, all share one quality in common Cab solute commitment to the principles they serve. Integrity in leadership is a quality that cannot be contrived and, in turn, is unmistakably apparent when a leader is truly committed to the cause s/he serves. Consider the words of Nelson Mandela, arguably one of today’s most revered and honored world leaders, a man who emerged from twenty-six years as a political prisoner to be hailed as the triumphant leader and hero of a new South African democracy by allies and former enemies alike. (Jossey-Bass.Perkins, D). In 1963, as he faced, before a British court in the strict apartheid regime of South Africa, charges of government sabotage which carried a possible death sentence by hanging, he made what many consider to be
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