Leader Letter for May 2008
By: Fred A. Manske Jr.
The theme for May is “Ethics on the Job.” Before referring you to some excellent articles on the subject, it is important to understand the difference between “values” and “ethics.” These two terms are commonly used inter-changeably when in fact, they have quite different meanings. Also, there is considerable confusion to exactly what each word means.
“Values” are fundamental beliefs or principles of what is right or wrong. Some examples of values include: honesty, fairness, and respect for others. “Ethics” on-the-other-hand is the type of conduct or behavior that is expected of a person or group of people in an organization based on what is considered right, good, honest, and fair. An example of an ethics statement pertaining to the value of “honesty” would be “There will be full, fair, and accurate disclosure in all reports and presentations made by all employees.
Most well run organizations in any type of endeavor have corporate values and ethics statements to guide employees on what is valued and how to act related to the values.
So keep these definitions in mind as you read the May issue of Leader Guide Magazine (Click Here). Incidentally, the magazine is totally free — a public service to promote effective, ethical leadership. The articles are short and very practical.
Defining Leadership: “Leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act towards achieving a common goal.” - Susan Ward
“Leadership is based on a spiritual quality: the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow.” - Vince Lombardi
“No matter how high you rise in your organization, never lose your desire to learn and improve.” - Fred A. Manske Jr.
“Stand fast in what you believe — DO WHAT IS RIGHT!