The Importance of Havng Strong Ethics in Business by Fred A. Manske Jr.
With all the current ethics issues revolving around President Obama’s cabinet designees having past tax reporting issues (e.g. Thomas Geithner, Thomas Daschle, and Hilda Solis) and the extraordinary $50 billion Ponzi scheme recently uncovered; it is prudent to reinforce the critical importance of having strong ethics in business. It is my belief that doing what is right, good, honest, and fair in all aspects of our jobs is THE number one enabler of success. Why is this so?
It all has to do with building trust with the people you work with and your customers. It has been said that the one common denominator of business is trust. It’s as simple as this — if you are ethical (doing what is right, good, honest, and fair) you will be trusted by your work associates and customers. And with trust comes employee commitment and teamwork and repeat customer orders; all of which are critical for success in business. On-the-other-hand, if a leader makes it a practice to shade the truth or demand questionable actions of his or her team members, it will not be long until there’s a lack of trust in everything the leader does. No one, will give 100% to someone they can’t trust and the over time; performance will suffer as a result.
The bottom line is that your chances of achieving success in your career are greatly enhanced if you strive to always be ethical in your dealings.
In this month’s edition of the free Leader Guide Magazine (CLICK HERE) we feature three articles on the important topic of ethics on- the-job. In a two-part article, our editor Linda Hatcher discusses the concept of ethical communications. The third article is written by Fred A. Manske Jr., the author of the book Secrets of Effective Leadership — a Practical Guide to Success and is entitled “The Struggle to Remain Ethical.” As all of us strive to constantly do what is right, good, honest, and fair in our lives it is important to remember the words of the spiritualist/philosopher Deepak Chopra who recently said on a TV program, “Your Deeds are Your Destiny.”