Ethical Character of Morris Pride
Wanda L Brewington
Western Governors University
Ethical Behavior of Morris Pride
Ethical leadership is defined as, “the demonstration of normatively appropriate conduct through personal actions and interpersonal relationships, and the promotion of such conduct to followers through two-way communication, reinforcement, and decision-making” (Brown, Trevino, and Harrison, 2005). When I think of ethical behavior, respect, concern for others, integrity, and honesty are at the top of the list. Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to experience ethical and non-ethical behavior. I have also had managers in the role of leadership that have been great and not so great leaders.
The manager that exemplifies ethical behavior in my experience is Morris Pride. I first encountered Mr. Pride’s leadership during an internship at Piedmont Henry Hospital. As a new trainee I was experiencing some anxiety prior to practicum portion of my studies. Morris was very helpful in relaxing my anticipation with respect and genuine concern. During the briefing he shared the story of his career path leading to Piedmont Hospital. To me this was a welcoming ice breaker. His demeanor was courteous and heartfelt. Morris described the program in detail and was willing to answer all my questions. He was forthcoming in explaining what the expectations were for myself the trainee as well as himself as the managing director of the department. I thought this was awesome and very unique. I can’t remember ever feeling so calm in a training scenario.
He outlined the policies and procedures reiterating that everyone must be accountable for being ethically bound as stipulated in the Piedmont Promise. Mr. Pride reassured me this would be a learning experience for me as well as himself due to the fact this was the first time as a manager he was assigned an intern. I was so impressed with...