Have you ever been invited to an art show and you see crowds’ of persons circling a particular piece and they’re all “oohing and aahing” at what they see? Sometimes I’ll see what they see too but other times I’m just as oblivious. This got me to realizing that most people don’t see what others do, but there is a reason for its’ existence.
In business, you only see the whole picture, and the functioning as one unit to provide a unanimous front. What you don’t see are the little puzzle pieces that all need to fit together in order to get that picture complete. You see, the principles are business are accountability, autonomy, fidelity, justice and veracity.
When you can be held accountable for your actions, your staff gains a greater respect for yourself and they too shall wish to practice the ethical principle. Some may be more than forthcoming with simple mistakes just because of the value they have for your moral standing.
Autonomy in business pays respect to everyone as their unique person who has the innate right to have their own opinions, perspectives, values and beliefs. This is essential for employee growth and creates diversity of your workforce.
Fidelity is key to any business as you want your clients and employees to remain loyal to you. However, as long as you keep your promise to them then you can be assured, they’ll keep theirs to you.
All businesses have tremors, and no one is perfect, but justice is about fairness and you should always give your employees a hearing regardless of how bad the situation appears.
Lastly, honesty is the best policy. Veracity is being completely truthful with the persons around you. Hiding information and making decisions behind others’ backs is no way to gain trust among team members and build an organization. Most likely it’s going to return to bite you in the back.
In order to manage your business efficiently and effectively, you must be able to recognize ethical dilemmas and take the appropriate action. As a leader, this job doesn’t get easier, but it builds character for what your employees are going to say about you and how they will treat you in the future. As part of the divine law this helps to build something tangible behind the scenes and proves to be rewarding in the long run.