"By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down" - Proverbs 29:4.
Bribery is a way of doing business in many countries, but it is an endless pit of greed as people line up to get their share of loot for doing a job they are often already paid to do. Leaders must set the moral and ethical tone and climate for an organization or country, for when leaders are corrupt, it has a trickle-down affect. When leaders pursue and enforce ethical leadership and practices in good times and in bad, they provide a stable, predictable, and healthy environment where business growth and vitality have the chance to survive and thrive.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Are you setting the moral and ethical tone for your organization? Your Leadership Step today is to include a discussion of company ethics in your staff meetings on a regular basis—and that includes churches as well. At that time, you can look at things like pay levels for staff and leadership, truth in your publications, if you are living up to your mission and values, staff diversity, community service, truthful staff evaluations, nepotism, and financial reports. Are you performing ethically in these areas? How can you improve?