There are key attributes that make an ethical leader, regardless of what industry they are in.

Jeremy Kinstlinger

The five key qualities of ethical business leadership

Jeremy Kinstlinger
Professional Development, The Great Opportunity
3 minute Read

The word “ethical” gets thrown around a lot these days, and most of it can seem like lip service. But the truth is, ethical business leadership is directly linked to a company’s long-term success. Why? One major reason is that ethical leaders show a strong personal commitment to creating a positive company culture.

Despite the outdated stereotype that you must be hard-nosed and ruthless to succeed in business, it’s ethical leaders that actually tend to run more profitable companies. There’s a positive correlation between companies with an uplifting culture, and their employee’s productivity and job performance. Ethical leaders also inspire their team members by taking a strong stand on the issues that matter most to them, instilling a sense of purpose into the fabric of the company culture.

For example, the online trading industry is not known for being the most ethical — with new research revealing that 59% of Australians believe that trading brokers have ‘no’ or ‘limited’ ethical standards. As the director and co-founder of a trading startup that’s grown to an international trading platform, I believe there are five key qualities all business leaders should aspire to — regardless of their industry. 

The qualities of an ethical leader


Create unity, not division

When everyone feels united in striving towards a common goal for the business, rather than competing, the team can function efficiently and the workflow is far more productive. Having a human touch enables you to get on the team’s level and create an environment where everyone feels equally valued and has the same opportunities for success.

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