Each time you give feedback, you send a message about success and ethics. It’s an opportunity to show employees that how they get results is just as important as the results themselves.
PRAISE EFFORTS, NOT ABILITIES
Those who are praised for their innate qualities (“You’re a natural!”) rather than their efforts (“You put a lot of great work into this!”) are more likely to lie or cheat to hide mistakes.
REMOVE THE STIGMA AROUND FAILURE
Employees who are terrified of failing are most likely to compromise their morals to avoid it. Reframe failure as a growth opportunity.
COACH BEFORE YOU MANAGE
Don’t wait for annual reviews. Providing ongoing, personalized feedback shows that you’re committed to your followers’ development, not just to hitting financial targets.
TRIGGER INTRINSIC MOTIVATION
Competition produces results, but too much competition can be destructive. Encourage workers to be motivated by their own growth, not others’ failures.
For more science-based strategies for ethical leadership, visit ethicalleadership.nd.edu.