roles of values and principles in leadership

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Mulungushi University
SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE
Name: Tecklar Chibesa
Student number: 201303020
Program: Bachelors of Agricultural Business Management
Group: D
Course: BMG 101: Ethics and Sustainable Behavior
Assignment number: 02
Assignment title: Discuss the role of principles and values in RARE leadership Due date: 15th October, 2013
Lecturer: Dr Mwansa Kamukawamba
Table of contents
Introduction……………………………………………………………………3 Definition of principles and values……………………………….. ………….4 Role of values in RARE……………………………………………………….5 Role of principles in RARE……………………………………………………6 Conclusion……………………………………………………………………..8 References……………………………………………………………………..9

Introduction
It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership. (Nelson Mandela 1993). At home it can be organizing our children to clean the house, or more importantly, instilling values, principles and morals into their lives. At a work place, it can be motivating people for sales. We influence others by what we say and do, we recognize that Mother Theresa was one of the great religious and humanitarian leaders of the world. Her leadership was based on responsibility, accountability, relevance and ethics (RARE) as it was occupied by principles and values. Leadership in conjunction with values and principles make the world a better place. In the sense that, it teaches the youth how to be leaders with ethical background thus enhancing them to weigh decisions and look at dilemmas from a different perspective. The ethical sector of leadership can be categorized into the different roles that values and principles play in grooming a leader.

Definitions
Defining words/terms is extremely important in both writing and speaking. In this topic of responsible, accountable relevant and ethical leadership, values and principles may mean differently according to concept Responsibility-according to Merriam Webster the ability or authority to act or decide or one’s own, without supervision. Leadership-the action of leading a group of people or organization Accountability-the state of being answerable for taken and forgone actions. Relevant- having a bearing on or connection, with the matter at hand. Ethical- being in accordance with accepted principles of right and wrong that govern the conduct of a profession. Principles- A fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning. Values- “values are constructs representing generalized behavior or state of affairs that are considered by an individual to be important” (Gordon, 1975)

Roles of values in RARE leadership
Values play a very important role in the choices made by leaders (Curphy, 2003). Leaders must create, communicate and demonstrate a set of behaviors by which business will be conducted. Delegation this responsibility is tantamount to abdicating part of their leadership role and sending the message that their unwilling to be held accountable for their behavior. Values such as integrity, honesty, collaboration, professionalism, courage, responsibility and accountability. Integrity is the bedrock of leaders’ character. It describes one’s ability to adhere to the highest set of standards and values. It allows us to do what is right. Everything we do begins with integrity. Honesty it must be our hallmark, our ward must be our bond. Through honesty, a leader earns the trust the co-workers, customers and followers through a pattern of unquestioned integrity. Trust is the glue that enhances performance. Values...
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