Term Paper – Ethics in Leadership (Final Exam 500Pts): Students will complete a paper on the
importance of ethics in business leadership. Students will share their thesis essay (one paragraph) for
approval prior to beginning the paper. The thesis essay must detail the perspective the student will choose
to address the topic of ethics in business leadership.
Students may be creative in their area or field of focus. You must share your research and provide a
comprehensive argument detailing your understanding of leadership, ethics, and the importance of ethics
in the business leadership.
A successful paper will need no less than an introduction paragraph, a thesis paragraph, at least one
paragraph to define leadership, at least one paragraph to define ethics, at least one paragraph to define the
importance of ethical leadership, paragraphs discussing the literature reviewed, paragraphs to detail your
argument, and a conclusion paragraph.
A successful paper will also be free or grammar, spelling, and formatting errors. All sources used in
researching the paper must be cited and presented in a reference section using APA format. Students must
use a minimum of ten (10) resources; a minimum of five (5) of the resources must be empirical
peer-reviewed sources, all other sources may be from a business related journal or newspaper.
This Term Paper will serve as a capstone for this course and should demonstrate that you have read and
can apply the information you have been reading and presenting throughout this course.
While being unethical can still be legal, and you can maximize profits, Ethical business practice
is very important, and those who do not follow the rules should be penalized because It is the
proper way to do business. Loopholes are found by businesses who want to take shortcuts and
not operate with good faith. With the increase in competition, leaders with weak morals create a
bad environment and put their companies at risk with unethical business practices. Not following
a code of ethics can create an unhealthy work environment, and businesses have to follow
specific rules. Unethical business leadership is detrimental to companies over the long term, on
the contrary having a strong business leadership with good values can contribute to a lot of
success and a positive work environment for an organization.