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  • Implications for the new generation
  • of Nigerian academic leadership.
  • Presented by
  • Msgr Prof Dr Obiora Ike
  • UNN leadership Mission, Vision and Action
  • September 2010

  • Ethics refers to the rational basis for human
    action on a normative level (what ought to be)
    and on an empirical level (what actually
  • Ethical leadership is like a business strategy
    that promotes sustainable, competitive advantage
    of organizations (innovation, trust, stakeholder
    satisfaction and reliability) despite fierce

  • Ethical leadership is the power of ethical trust
    which is stable and resilient.
  • Ethics helps leaders build high trust and high
    performance in organizations for competitive
  • It offers leaders sharp examples as to how values
    in the hearts of people not only guide day to day
    activities but get them pursue strategy
    consistently, reliably and flexibly in the face
    of unforeseen events.

  • A CEO who sticks by his principles, even at the
    toughest times earns trust and credibility.
  • Ethics brings a special type of trust into an
    organization for both the individual and the
  • Ethical leadership has competitive advantage if
    it is adopted for its own sake, not as a means to
    an end.
  • Ethics leads to trust and trust leads to
    sustainable competitive advantage.

  • Culture, values and norms are critically
    important to ensure ethical behavior
    (internalized values offer the most effective
    form of behavior and self governance.
  • Ethical behavior arises deep from within people
    from positive motivation rather than negative
    regulation (you cannot legislate against
    dishonesty. It is a value from within).

  • Less regulation and more inspiration from leaders
    results in self-discipline.
  • The best form of governance is self- governance.
    The best business is Ethics.
  • values are a set of core beliefs as to how we
    should or ought to behave in a broad range of
  • Ethical companies and institutions are reliable
    and survive the tempest.

  • A leaders greatest challenge is to embed values
    in the organizations culture. It is dangerous to
    ignore this challenge.
  • Consistency is essential in a competitive
  • The true test of an ethical organization is how
    it behaves in tough times when unethical behavior
    is tempting.
  • Reliability is one of the most important factors
    in business and leadership.

  • A business, society or any group of people living
    together express its preferred values by means of
    behavioral norms.
  • Socially-praised worthy behavior is about living
    and working together harmoniously and
  • Trust is the bond of society. Trust is hard to
    build and easy to break down. Deception is the
    most dangerous enemy of trust.

  • A business culture that actively rejects
    deception will nurture trust.
  • The best checks on deception are active enquiry,
    checking of information, accessing evidence and
    accessing whether good reasons for trust exists.
  • Deception is the prime enemy of trust, but any
    act of bad management erodes trust.
  • Placing trust is risky. Not trusting is also
    risky. Distrust is part of authentic trust.

  • Team concern is ethical. Members of a great team
    do things for the members of the group. They have
    WE intentions. Good teams make sacrifice for
    mutual benefits.
  • Cohesion pushes productivity. Belonging boosts
    identity. Bonded interdependence leads to well
    being and high performance.
  • To make a stand for what is right for others is
    one of the most self-defining things we can do.

  • A spontaneous sense of obligation by the leader
    to do the best for the organization is a key
    factor for sustainable competitive advantage.
  • Normative trust is about trusting one another to
    do what is right. Ethical trust cuts transaction
    costs, simplifies complexity, facilitates
    creativity, networking and membership pride.
  • Generalized reciprocity is the most reliable kind
    of trust in business.

  • Ethical leadership implies ability to Think
    Strategy, Think Structure, Think Culture.
  • To be competitive, you must innovate or else you
    die. Good leaders coordinate people and resources
    through inspiration.
  • Good strategy is a never ending preoccupation. It
    is long term, sustainable in competitive
    advantage and is not short cut.
  • The leaders own personal ethics and
    trustworthiness are essential to his tasks.

  • The new generation of Nigerian academic
    leadership is private sector driven, not civil
    service or public sector oriented.
  • Private sector values are result oriented,
    innovative, enterprising and profitable.
  • Time is of essence in ethical leadership and
    management is by example.
  • Stakeholder understanding of business involves
    community, entrepreneur and environment beyond
    shareholder value.

  • Ethical leadership in education speaks the
    African voice by retrieving the past, engaging
    the present and shaping the future.
  • The university as a teaching institution trains
    skilled personnel and does not manufacture
  • Research systems elicit responsibility which
    point to the way forward.
  • Indigenous philosophies and spiritually centered
    wisdoms are within the academy.

  • Ethical leadership in African education exhibits
    a mirror of humanity.
  • Africanisation of knowledge explores mathematical
    and scientific experience embedded in local
    cultural practices.
  • Indigenous revolutionary education utilizes local
    content in curriculum development, practical
    discourse and liberation philosophies.

  • Thank you for your rapt attention as I now look
    forward to a lively discussion within available