Value Building in Organizations – Nu Leadership Series

Men cease to interest us when we find their limitations. The sin is limitations. As soon as you once come up to a man’s limitations, it is all over with him.

Emerson

To build a successful organization, leaders need to understand the importance of group dynamics and team chemistry. In other words, members in organizations need to respect each other and get along. Yukl, the author of Leadership in Organizations, maintains that a high-exchange relationship contains high mutual influence. Clearly, good chemistry is vital in achieving any level of organizational excellence. Leaders need to build relationships with followers in a constructive manner.

King, author of The Moral Manager, explained that some academic scholars suggest that religious principles and values have a significant influence on value formation, development, and performance in an organization. While some philosophers such as Nielson argue the connection between God and morality as an ethic compass, other scholars, such as Lisa Sowle Cahill and Douglas Groothuis, suggest that ethic principles originate from religious and spiritual foundations.

In 21st century organizations, ethics become the glue to organizational
cohesiveness and becomes a defining moment for good leadership. Ethics relates to the code of moral principles that governs the behavior of a person/group to what is
right. Followers will not respect a leader low in integrity. Effective leaders understand how their behavior impacts group dynamics. A leader can’t trick them with promotions or bribe them with money and an unethical leader brings demise and shame of his organization. In the long run, character does count in an effective organization.
Therefore, it can be shown that effective leaders understand group dynamics and promote good organizational chemistry with their integrity and good ethical conduct.

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© 2006 by Daryl D. Green