Senior leadership ‘set the tone’ by referring to the values and expectations of the company when they address employees. Ultimately, the actions of leaders speak louder than words. Messages are strengthened when leaders visibly follow the same rules as everyone else.

When we talk about leadership, we don't just mean the chair, CEO, or senior leadership team; leadership can be applied locally too, to business leads, or managing directors of businesses within a group of companies.

Line managers have an essential role in effectively communicating the organisation’s ethics message and acting as role models for the employees they manage. ‘Tone from the middle’ is as important as ‘tone from the top’.

Why tone at the top is so important

Simon Webley illustrates how important it is to have ethical leadership

Useful resources

Setting the Tone: a New Zealand perspective on ethical business leadership

Publication type: Report

Setting the Tone: a New Zealand perspective on ethical business leadership

28 Nov 2018

The authentic organisation

Blog

The authentic organisation

Companies now have an array of tools to help them attract new talent. In a crowded marketplace and faced with increasingly aware and discerning candidates, there are powerful incentives for companies to paint highly flattering impressions of their culture. Projecting authenticity in this space is everything but, as Groucho Marx might have said, "if you can fake that, you’ve got it made”.

30 Oct 2019

Ethics ambassador networks

Advisory services

Ethics ambassador networks

If you are looking to establish an ambassador network, the IBE can provide support in scoping, assist in the development of job descriptions and training of ambassadors.

30 Sep 2019

#SummerofSpeakUp webinar series: After I have spoken up

Webinar

#SummerofSpeakUp webinar series: After I have spoken up

30 Jul 2019