The Prevalence of Silence

Authored by: Kjersti Lien Holte

Handbook of Ethical Educational Leadership

Print publication date:  May  2014
Online publication date:  May  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415853903
eBook ISBN: 9780203747582
Adobe ISBN: 9781135011932


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Professional reflection on unethical or negative organizational issues is absolutely essential in a strategy for the development of ethical leadership. For several reasons, it is difficult for leaders to have important critical conversations with employees in regard to the perceived quality of their performance. It can, therefore, be difficult to build a solid base for ethical decision making so that important meetings supporting moral learning do not take place. Some people blame these communication difficulties on organizational structure or the personality of the leader. Another perspective on the problem is that there are hidden mechanisms within the organization that prevent transparency about difficult issues. The fact that these mechanisms are hidden makes it difficult for leaders to expose them.

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