Ethics and a strong moral compass are clear, embraced each and every day and are primarily what we have founded Collingwood on. I agree strongly with Ethical Leadership but this article seems to suggest that you can become ethical?
I really don't agree that ethics are something you can make up and integrate into a company's culture if values and ethical behaviour are not an intrinsic part of the individuals you employ.
We went through an exercise in Collingwood a few years ago to review and re-establish our core Values and it was clear that we had team members "out of kilter" with the rest of their colleagues. These individuals have since left the team. Values need to be decided upon and to build a successful ethical team, you must develop your talent attraction and acquisition strategy around them. People can't learn values later on, in my humble opinion.
Ethical behavior is essential in leadership–good leaders have integrity, honesty, and are inclined to do the right thing (which is not, necessarily, the easy or quick choice). Ethical leaders will display self-confidence, and the people around them will be more inclined to work for a leader they know they can trust to make the right decisions. A paper published by Johnathan K. Nelson, George Mason University explains that ethical leadership is associated with a number of desired outcomes related to employees at the individual and group levels, including willingness to exert extra effort and help others; better task performance; increased job satisfaction and commitment to the organization; perceptions of an ethical climate; optimism in the future of the organization and their place within it; perceptions of task significance, autonomy, and voice – including a willingness to report problems to management.