Ethical Leaders

  • Ranesh Sivnarain
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Ethical leaders conform to accepted standards of conduct.


The prevention of fraud has become an integral component of conducting business throughout the world. With the advent of evolving business practices, organizations conducting business across geographical and political borders, and the sophistication of computer technology, fraudsters have adapted their modi operandi to perpetrate fraud in the twenty-first century. In order to prevent fraud, governments have enacted legislation, while leaders of organizations in general have implemented or amended fraud prevention policies and procedures. There is a thrust to inculcate an ethical ethos within organizations. This chapter elaborates on the relevance of ethical leaders within organizations.

The Conduct of Unethical Leaders

Unethical conduct in the form of fraud and corruption is becoming ubiquitous. A poor ethical culture set by leaders is a...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Forensic ServicesUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa