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  1. John C. Thoms

    1. University of Sydney, Australia, jcthoms{at}nosrac.com.au

Abstract

Ethical integrity and moral culture are defined, and ethical integrity in leadership, ethical dilemmas and failures, and organizational
moral culture are examined. These views are measured against a number of case studies to determine whether there are linkages
between organizational moral culture and the ethical or unethical integrity of leadership. A number of conclusions are drawn
from the case studies. There appears to be a direct link between ethical leadership and organizational moral culture, although
in some cases, considerable time may be needed to change the moral culture of an organization. Shareholders and the public
appreciate and reward organizations with high ethical principles and moral culture whereas regulators are increasingly taking
legal action against companies which flout share-holders’ and the public’s trust. The article questions whether codes of conduct,
regular performance and audit reviews or other mechanisms to maintain ethics inhibit employees’ right to moral autonomy. Finally,
it is noted that inconsistencies exist in correlating private standards and behaviour as important predictors or determinants
of ethical business conduct.

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Ethical Integrity in Leadership and Organizational Moral Culture