Leaders are exposed to many different sources of ethics education and training. For instance, MBA and other academic programs often have a specific course or learning outcome devoted to ethical practice, organizations often require ethics training for all employees, especially leaders, and there are numerous ethical guidelines that exist that can help leaders avoid ethical violations. However, some leaders continue to commit ethical violations, which raises questions about the root causes of such behavior. As observed with Enron’s corporate leadership, known for one of the largest corporate bankruptcies in American history due to deceptive financial practices, the repercussions for unethical leadership may be irreparable.

In this Discussion, you will examine the causes of unethical behavior among leaders and how such behavior can be prevented.

To Prepare:

By Day 3

Post a response to the following:

Is “ethical leadership” a redundant term? Are leaders primed and trained to be ethical? If so, why do some leaders behave unethically? What roles do leader characteristics, follower characteristics, and the workplace environment play in unethical leadership? How can unethical leadership be prevented?

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