Usually, an organization’s ethics are only as good as its leaders’. To create an organizational culture that promotes ethical conduct and personal responsibility, leaders need to serve as role models for others.
Keeping confidences and treating people fairly are values we learn as children, but there’s nothing simple about them. A deeper understanding of these principles helps bolster our efforts to behave ethically in our professional relationships.
Abiding by the law and being honest are two core principles of ethical conduct. But being a truly ethical professional demands more.
Although most people would say they behave ethically, the truth is that sometimes we don’t. The right thing to do isn’t always clear—but guidelines like the ASAE Standards of Conduct can point in the right direction.