When choosing the future leaders of our county, should past and present ethical decisions be part of the equation? If the past has shown to be an example, typically the United States votes for the lesser of two evil, but what if the candidates had to prove their worth prior to running, what if there was a standards of practice bar or an ethical review? Listening to the nightly news, you would see that the people have lost faith in their leader’s ability to show honesty and integrity.
If we got rid of the party system and simply voted on the individual who had experience and a utilitarian view. A leader who sought not to please big business, but to do the “greatest good for the greatest number of people,” who does the “morally correct action, the action that social benefits while minimizing social costs”. (Northouse, 2016, p.334). If every American had the same possibilities, due to leadership that paid as much attention to the poverty ridden as they do to the elite, a leader who understood that greatest comes in all forms, society could benefit greatly from all points of views.
I believe as Carlson and Perrewe did that the “values promoted by the leader have a significant impact of the values exhibits by the organization (Carlson & Perrewe, 1995). As an example, the current White House administration is run by a man, President Donald J. Trump, who constantly lies to the American people. His staff (followers) is then encouraged to do the same if a tough topic comes up in a press conference. In this example Because the leadership is dishonest, many Americans no longer trust the information coming from the White House, the most powerful building in the free world.
Leaders have a moral responsibility to do the right thing and not infringe on the rights and progress of others. A leaders ethical or moral belief can change how the world sees an organization, and in turn the profits or gains of that organization, causing goals to not be met in the long run.
Carlson, D.S., & Perrewe, P.L. (1995). Institutionalization of organizational ethics through transformational leadership. Journal of Business Ethics, 14(10), 829-838
Northouse, P. (2016). Leadership: Theory and Practice, Seventh Edition. Los Angeles: Sage Publications