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Dear Fred

What is the basis of ethical leadership?

Fred's Response

Integrity is the heart of ethical behavior. Doing what is right. Unfortunately, in our society we have generated three definitions and types of ethics. We still have those who believe in the Puritan ethic—using the bible as our moral dictionary of right and wrong. Academia has adopted the idea of situational ethics in which we become the authority for each situation. Unfortunately the weakness of situational ethics is that in my case I can make an exception. Since we have become such a litigious society we have adopted legalistic ethics in which many say, particularly in business, if it is legal it is ethical. Again we are accepting human authority. I prefer Puritanical ethic which accepts the authority of God.