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Leadership and Avoiding Organizational Toxicity

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Ethics can further be described as moral principles and code of values which guide and organization or an individual with respect to what is right. It is also a continuous reaffirmation and discovery and evaluation of its own principles and values (Brown amp. Trevino, 2007). A breach of ethical conduct and principles leads to toxicity within an organization. Recently, many organizations have made decisions to appoint an ethics officer (Bazerman, 2008). Chief ethics officers are tasked with enforcing the ethical code of conduct for an organization. They oversee an array of ethical and regulatory matters. They also coordinate and launch initiatives that ensure the objectives and culture of the organizations are aligned with accepted and acknowledged ethical practices and values. Ethical issues frequently occur in the modern-day organization, and effective ethics officers should develop solutions to deal with these issues (Yukl, 2008).It is the duty of the chief ethical officer to see that the ethical code of conduct is followed to the last detail. Despite being a critical role of the chief ethics officer, it is also necessary to see that this code of conduct is effectively communicated amongst all employees. In order to do this, the chief ethical officer must bear in mind the expected values and standards of the organization. It is also imperative, for the officer to find the right means of encouraging all employees to follow the above standards. Additionally, it is important to have a mechanism that will serve to show whether these standards are being followed fully. In the event that misconduct occurs, the officer is expected to have the right manner to deal with the problem (Bazerman, 2008).For an organization to avoid toxicity, it is necessary for the chief ethical officer to collaborate with all the other members in the implementation of the code of conduct (Bazerman, 2008).