Influence plays a major part in leadership (Yukl, 2010). Powerful leaders can have a huge impact on the lives of followers and the organization (Yukl, 2010). Leaders will use power, but the primary issue is whether the leaders will use the power wisely (Yukl, 2010). At the expense the organization and the public, powerful leaders can move up in their careers and economic gain (Yukl, 2010).
A leader can make unethical practices look legitimate and even influence the members of the organization to engage in “crimes of obedience” (Yukl, 2010). One reason why some people are so interested in the ethical aspects of leadership is the misuse of power (Yukl, 2010).
Five leadership behaviors that are most unethical are: (1) charismatic leadership, (2) abusive supervision, (3) toxic leadership, (4) showing favoritism and (5) Using company time to handle personal business. .
Unethical Leadership behaviors
Charismatic leadership can affect the minds of people’s minds and coordinate their actions (Slideshare, 2012). Leaders who try to promote self-interest and manipulate their follower, are known to use unethical charismatic leadership (Slideshare, 2012). Unethical charismatic leaders will use power for their own personal gain, promote their own interests, believe in one-way communication, tend to be insensitive to the needs of the followers, and rely on external moral standards to satisfy their own self-interests (Slideshare, 2012). Abusive leadership
Power is a great motivator (Chandler, 2009). “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” (Bowman & West, 2007). Leaders sometimes tend to use their power in a wrong manner. At times leaders may use their power to intimidate the subordinate into doing their work. An example of abusive leadership is leaders who make their subordinates do things that are not within their job description. For example, picking up their children, and...
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