Leadership in the organization involves the aspect of decision-making. A leader’s major task is to make decisions that steer the organization ahead. However, decision-making becomes complex when it involves strategic aspects. In the process of running an organization, leaders interact with ethical issues and justice. Therefore part of their role is to recognize the ethical implications of their decisions. Both justice and ethics are subject to the approach of leadership. There are several approaches to leadership that determine how leaders handle ethics and justice. The paper is a review of an article about leadership ethics and justice. Related readings with relevance to the same topic will also be discussed.
Leadership Ethics and Justice
Leadership, ethics and justice are related concepts that have a lot of relevance to organizations. Leadership mostly deals with the aspect of authority and decision making which is a primary aspect in an organization (Coppola et al 2008). Leadership in the organization can take different forms. At the same time, there are various approaches to leadership. The different aspects of leadership, therefore, have an impact on how justice and ethics are affected in an organizational context (James, 2001). Under normal circumstances, unethical acts are done in the organization which leaves a lot of unexpected consequences both to the parties involved as well as to the organization as a whole. Unethical acts can take the form of how employees are treated by the management. The manner in which decisions are made also has a lot of impact on the ethical aspects of an organization. The most common leadership perspectives are transformative and transactional (Sutherland & Yokley, 2007). Transactional leaders tend to be more focused on the tasks being performed. They are also more concerned with the structural ways of achieving justice and ethics in the organization. They, therefore, focus more on matters of communication and respect procedure. However, Transformative leaders are more intuitive and visionary. As a result, they lean towards the aspect of social justice. In this way, they make sure that employees are treated right and are more cognitive to the needs of their followers. Therefore justice can be achieved by structural means as well as social means. Ethics on the other hand is one thing that most leaders try to uphold but just as any other leaders organizational leaders find themselves performing acts of unethical nature. The process of running an organization involves the adequate consideration of two necessary perspectives (Brown, 1997). First is the detailed perception of the organization in which each and every aspect of the organization is analyzed in detail so as to obtain a better understanding of the same. Through this, it becomes possible to identify the causes of problems and tackle them individually in advance. The second perspective is the general perception in which the organization is perceived as a whole. In this way, it is possible to understand how the organization operates and make decisions that have a holistic significance to the organization (Strauss, 2010). A combination of the two perspectives is necessary for the success in the running of the same. Therefore leaders must perceive the organization both in a general manner as well as in a specific way.
Justice and ethics are important aspects that revolve around the process of decision-making by leaders. Leadership is all about decision-making. However strategic decision-making is a more challenging task for leaders. As a result, leaders must be prepared to make decisions considering a number of aspects. For instance, ethics and justice are important concepts that have a lot of significance to organizations. As a matter of fact, decision-making must take into account the ethical aspects of the same. The paper has discussed the role of leaders in decision making especially strategic decision-making. Ethics and justice have been identified as core concepts in a leader’s decision-making obligation. The paper was based on an article on ethics, leadership and justice.
- Brown, M. (1997). Emergency. California: St. Martin’s Press.
- Coppola et al (2008). Introduction to emergency management. Washington: Butterworth-Heinemann.
- James, W. (2001). Psychology: The Briefer Course. Texas: Courier Dover Publications.
- Strauss, N. (2010). Emergency. Washington: Text Publishing Company.
- Sutherland, R. & Yokley, R. (2007). Emergency: Behind the Scene. Washington: Jones & Bartlett Learning.