Leadership, Trustworthiness and Ethical Stewardship

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Learner: Everett Durante Cordy


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| | | |Course ID Number: MGT7019-8 |Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stephanie Lyncheski | | | | |Course Title: Ethics in Business |Assignment Number or Title: | | |Assignment Number 2 – Paper: Leadership: Trustworthiness and | | |Ethical Stewardship | | | |

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Leadership: Trustworthiness and Ethical Stewardship

Everett D. Cordy
MGT7109-8: Ethics in Business
Dr. Jennifer Scott, Professor
Northcentral University
September 2, 2012

This paper investigates the relationship between the elements of leadership behavior, trustworthiness and ethical behavior. In this paper, evidence is presented to support a positive correlation between an organizational leader’s perceived ethical behavior and trustworthiness on the part of the remaining people in the organization.

KEY WORDS: leadership, trust, trustworthiness, ethical behavior

The problem to be investigated is the relationship between the elements of leadership behavior, trustworthiness and ethical behavior and their effects on sustainable organizational culture. In the global marketplace, the importance of understanding the relationships between leadership behavior, perceptions about leader’s trustworthiness, and the ethical duties implicit in the psychological contract have become increasingly important (Caldwell, Hayes, and Long, 2010, p. 497). It is increasingly recognized that character and competence are critical requirements for leading with integrity and building trust in organizations (Kolp and Rea, 2006). Scholars and practitioners have increasingly acknowledged the gap of trust between leaders and followers, which undermines employees’ commitment, impairs wealth creation, and creates increased transaction costs in organizations throughout the world (Caldwell et al., 2010, p. 497). This indicates that leadership of a company needs to ensure that they develop an organizational culture that uses ethical stewardship to develop a sense of corporate...
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