Ethics is, indeed, at the center of leadership. In fact, Sendjaya (2005) asserts that leadership and ethics must correspond. Usually, when an individual assumes the advantages that come with being a leader, he or she also assumes the ethical burdens. While attempting to engage in moral decision-making, the leader endeavors to establish a favorable and enlightening situation. Over the years, several cases have emerged based on the absence of ethical leadership. For instance, in corporate America, unethical decision-making has resulted into the performance of scandalous behavior. The scandalous accounting schemes set by Enron, Morgan Stanley’s fund abuses, and embezzlement activities carried out by the Tyco management provide significant examples of the consequences that result from the absence of ethics in leadership (Sendjaya, 2005). Undeniably, ethical errors are accountable for finishing careers rapidly in comparison to faults related to accounting or personal judgment. Referring to the examples, it is evident that ethics relates considerably to leadership.
Hence, it is impossible for as toxic leader to be an ethical leader. This is because exercising ethics in leadership involves having a considerable understanding of both organizational and personal values. Ethically effective leaders should be conscious of their morals, values and a framework of ethics as well as moral decision-making (Clarke, 2011). Such qualities are absent among toxic leaders. In addition to these, traits such as superior character and veracity comprise the major attributes usually sought out among leaders. Apart from these traits, a toxic leader can also impose a negative impact on the internal work environment. Normally, employees select their surroundings based on ethical inclinations and the association of their mores and the ones exhibited by the workplace (Clarke, 2011). Hence, a toxic leader may exude qualities that do not correspond to those preferred by the employees.
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Sendjaya, S. (2005). Morality and leadership: Examining the ethics of transformational leadership. Journal of Academic Ethics, 3(1), 75-86.