Ethical leadership seems to be the running core of why we do things. It is a break down of leaders, why they do what they do, who they are and what they stand for. (PS WC, 2015) I like to think of myself at my career because I know that others can count on me. Working in sales has been a long journey but I feel it gets easier once one knows what they do, become adjusted and find it in themselves, why do I do it? I have this conversation frequently. Majority of the time I raise the question with newer people of ‘why are you here?’ Not in a harsh or harmful way of context but for a better understanding so then I know where to push and where to encourage.
Throughout the past couple of years with sales, I have developed into a leader that is capable of helping others, but also guiding myself to be successful. I got to this mental state because of a few of my managers. Two in particular would be Jason and Mel. Jason is the leader that hosts more conduct theories. He looks at the technical job requirements and the duties we must execute. Mel was more character building related where she would explain and develop on how we will do these roles. (PS WC,2015) Jason is notorious or giving up lifting , go get em’ speeches, but other times, he will be on the the leadership floor making small talk with other peers about movies and whatnot. Mel on the other had is full blown work, but not in a workaholics manner where she has more work value and next to no personal value. (PS WC,2015)
I bring up both leaders because as we have learned, there are ups and downs to leadership and ethical leadership theories. One of the problems is, once you become this involved within a theory, there is little and fewer writings to go off of. The problem with this type of leadership is there have not been that many theories discovered and or write about them. So we as a culture are going off of little writing, but are focusing on this very much. (PS WC, 2015) On a positive note, since there is more light being shined onto this topic of ethical leadership, we now have the opportunity to learn more with our practices.
The video that was at the end of lesson 14 was very raw but truthful. It hurts when you are putting yourself out there, trying to impress others to find out the ones you want to impress can tend to be a little shallow and too self concerned. The video was a demonstration of what it is like to make a decision early in a job setting of deciding if this is the type of leader you would want to follow or do nothing with. The comments about the ‘fast money, fast cars’ is nothing that I would ever want to stand behind. This if anything is all of the more reason we as culture need to dive in and focus on how NOT to be as arrogant as the man in the video.
I always have tried to model myself off of those I feel are successful and do things for the right reason. This is why I have brought up to previous managers. Jason is strong when it comes to directions and the vision, but Mel shows this more to me when it comes to doing the task and executing it precisely. I have always modeled myself from those that want to succeed for the right reasons. In a retail setting, I have practiced this because I know that senior sale associates will not stick around forever, so if I can do what they did on top of what I can already master, there I am laying down my work for the future. With every great leader they are out under a microscope to be tested and figured out on how they have become to successful. I do this with my peers so I can learn pros and cons and ethical leadership skills to hold onto.
-Northouse, P.G. (2013). Leadership: Theory and Practice. Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
-Pessnsylvania State University World Campus. Lesson 14 Ethics and Leadership, 2015