ETHICS AND LEADERSHIP IN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Sep 16, 2017
The initial stages of a business provide owners and executives alike to set out a core compilation of values that will guide their firm through time, while some, such as a firm with an established ethical code, have over the years won popular favour with many a brand, making it important to truly explore just why ethics are perceived as donning such a role during the developmental phase.
For one, ethics, and other guiding values such as morals, within a business can best shape a firm based on its long-term goals and objectives, while laying down an ethical code of conduct can also greatly aid the procedure for the formulation of a work culture. Guidance provided by ethics within an infant firm can aid the institution in becoming more than just a cash cow, see beyond profitability and use the influence it will wield upon achieving success for societal centric initiatives. As one can expect, establishing principle driven morality in an institution concerned purely with squandering competition and birthing profitability isn't the easiest of tasks, and thus bringing about comprehensive ethical standards during the stage of development itself can be highly beneficial and is an irreplaceable part of the greater business development process.
One aspect of business where ethics assume great responsibility is human resource management, for a more moral driven approach toward such by executives and senior officials humanises employees and helps avert the possibility of them being, both, perceived and treated simply as assets to the firm. Ethics targeted at mutual co-operation between differing positions at the firm and demanding fair treatment for all can reduce malpractices that might otherwise plague the firm in relation to worker treatment.
Harking back to the work culture facet, the presence of ethics and an established code of conduct can also help foster accountability in a firm. Ethics dedicated toward open communication and honesty can motivate employees to shed light upon their problems, while the factors causing them can be eliminated thus. Moreover, friction between workers, undoubtedly one of the greatest problems in a work environment, can too be eradicated if a firm's code demands open-ended discussions for the resolution of daunting interpersonal issues, while holding those who the majority finds to be responsible for committing the wrong in debate accountable for their actions sends out the message that strict adherence to the code of conduct is essential and that not doing the same will bring about dire consequences.
Unity, remarkably, too can be brought about by ethical conduct, for a firm that cares for imposing its guiding values upon employees ensures that by doing such they set out what the firm desires in its workers, and thus provide incentive to them to conform based upon these values. Therefore, executives at a firm can motivate employees to be in unison with one another, have similar ideas about the firm's future and their contribution toward it. This makes a workforce with even a heftier amount of participants than usual function as a collective whole with great efficiency, rather than a misguided group of individuals with no real direction or goals in mind for their firm.
From an outsider perspective, a company driven by a strong, core set of values almost always seems a more safer and attractive investment option when put in stark comparison to one lacking a code of conduct or performance. Thus, ethical proceedings are also an advantage in the eyes of an investor, perhaps the most important figure in a business' development aside from its head, and assures him or her of a firm that is not only characterised by accountability, but also conformity to changes, for the above mentioned unity that ethics most often bring about aid a firm in adapting better to diverse situations for they're guaranteed to boast a workforce that is consistently on the same page with one another.
Much like their societal counterpart, business ethics are transferred down through a comprehensive process of education led by, in this case, the person at its helm. The imposition of such a culture upon a work environment requires a leader who achieves the same through utilising either the more traditional method of compelling employees to believe it as a matter of their duty and set aside consequences of nonconformity, or the more preferred democratic manner of leading by example. If a leader satisfactorily embodies all that the company seeks to find in its workers, they're subordinates will follow without much resistance and try to emulate their superior. This process is part of the greater role a leader plays during the developmental phase of any business, for its only their visionary strategy that can implement a company's objectives in the real world. Also, identifying potential promoters of growth, which the term "business development" means to an extent, is also a task only they're capable of seeing through, with their comprehensive knowledge about the happenings of every department in their firm and constant interactions with executives about what their firm requires in growth and numbers at any given time period.
Thus, ethics can provide a higher ideal for business in more ways than one, and their realization during the time of development itself can come as a great boon and one which only leaders are capable of bequeathing. Their adoption continues to be slow among a business world yet resistant toward change, but the satisfactory implementation of a moral and ethical code of conduct can guarantee your business uniformity unfound anywhere else.