“Two findings stand out. First, trust in governments and public institutions remains very low overall and the majority now believe that business should lead. Second, while trust in business has improved, trust in executives remains low. Peers and employees are now seen as more credible than business leaders and often employees don’t trust the companies they are working for.” The Edelman Trust Barometer
This recent study confirms what many thought and now confirm. Think about this. Employees don’t trust the companies they work for? What does that say about their leadership, morale, productivity, ethical behavior, etc.
Trust is the basic building block of any relationship, i.e. friendship ,marriage, business etc. Without trust there is no relationship. Trust is the glue that holds relationships together. Bu in this research, the onus is on the leaders. Does your organization provide training/education in ethical leadership? If not, why not? Leadership is the cause of lack of trust as well at depth of trust. It’s a choice, but it must be an informed choice. Leadership is not based on what one person thinks is right or wrong, the process must be an inclusive process of cause and effect. It must be a process of thinking beyond one’s own perception of what a leader is or should be and be open to change at a most deep level.
It is the organization’s responsibility to provide in depth, ongoing education and training in process of leading, not only for the benefit of the oneself but for the benefit of the employees and this the organization.
Like you, business ethics and ethical leadership expert, Frank Bucaro has seen the challenges and problems of corporate leadership, particularly over the past few years in regards to poor decision-making, SEC violations, and record breaking financial settlements in a number of different industries.
With over two decades of executive training, speaking, writing and with real life experiences, his view and approach to ethics in the workplace is uniquely different. He emphasizes that ethics is a moment-to-moment choice and has little to do with position, titles, personalities or education. Ethics is everybody’s responsibility from the top down.
His goal is to help organizations to:
a. Strengthen their ethics training initiatives in order to significantly decrease the odds of an ethical/compliance violation.
b. Energize, train and motivate employees to understand the value of consistent “high road” behavior as a business advantage.
c. Support individuals and thereby the organization by contributing to its success by quality, ongoing values based leadership development.
Frank is known for his very practical, slightly irreverent, yet somewhat humorous approach to ethics and leadership development. His conversational style and real life stories connect with his audience in a personal, intense and practical level.
Companies such as Bayer Healthcare, BP, ReMax International, EnMax Energy, Danone, etc. have partnered with Frank when they want to proactively stress the message, tools, insights and practical applications that good ethics IS good for business!