What does it mean to be an ethical leader? How is ethical leadership demonstrated in social work practice? As a leader in the social work profession, you have to achieve a balance between your professional and personal ethics. At times, these may be aligned with each other, but there may be situations in which they conflict. Because leadership includes value and moral dimensions, your character, actions, and goals as a social work administrator should reflect ethical leadership.
For this Discussion, consider the characteristics of ethical leadership and the challenges associated with practicing ethical leadership.
Ethical leadership at work involves demonstrating and promoting normatively appropriate conduct through individual actions and interpersonal relationships. Therefore, while implementing this kind of leadership, leadership must exhibit justice, respect, and honesty. It should also focus on building teams and making decisions driven by moral values. Ethical leaders have trouble maintaining consistency while practicing this kind of leadership. Moreover, establishing these policies often requires time and resources. Leaders have also found difficulties building an atmosphere that promotes ethical leadership because it demands cooperation.