Detachment and Ethics Don’t Mix
March 23, 2016 3 Comments
By Linda Fisher Thornton
Ethics and detachment don’t mix. In fact, combining high ethical expectations with detached behavior can lead to trouble.
How can “detached leadership” contribute to ethical problems?
- When we seem unapproachable, people are less likely to bring up ethical problems they’ve observed
- Removing ourselves from day-to-day work keeps us unaware of ethical issues and potential ethical hot spots
- When we are unapproachable and unaware, we can seem unconcerned, leading people to think that ethics is not a priority
Hands-off leadership can be as bad as micromanagement in terms of its ultimate impact on organizational ethics. When leaders lock themselves away and are not available to those they lead, they are removing themselves from the important role of championing ethical decisions and actions.
Ethics has to be personal, systemic and positive to drive an organization’s success. Detachment undoes all three important elements.
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