Essays on Lieutenant General David Morrison in the Australian Army Case Study

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The paper "Lieutenant General David Morrison in the Australian Army" is a good example of a management case study.   Lieutenant General David Morrison was an individual who demonstrated exquisite leadership skills all throughout his career. He was a leader who practised and observed proper ethical behavior as well as social responsibility in most events in his military life. In addition, he addressed issues related to sexual scandals within his unit and made sure that the matter was followed up. This clearly showed how keen in observing moral values as well as ethics.

Furthermore, various leadership issues were also focused on which includes ethics and social responsibility. These issues are fundamental in ensuring that leaders within organizations take part in maintaining effective leadership. Both technical and interpersonal skills are key to becoming an effective leader. Therefore, I ought to polish on my technical skills of competence and interpersonal skills of interaction in order to improve and sharpen my leadership skills in the future. Background Lieutenant General David Morrison was inducted into the army in the year 1979. This was after he completed his studies at the Australian National University has achieved his Bachelor of Arts (Horner, 2008).

Between the years 1987 and 1988, he has a position of being an Australian Instructor at the Royal Military Academy. In addition, during his time at Army Command and Staff College, he was appointed as a Major of the 3rd Brigade. He was then promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the year 1994 where he served as a Director of Preparedness and Mobilization for a period of two years at Bougainville. In January 2006, he was appointed the Commander of the Australian Defense Colleges (Horner, 2008).

He was later appointed as the Land Commander Australia in December of 2008. On 24th June 2011, he owned the rank of Lieutenant General where he held the position till 27 June of the same year where he was later assumed his position as the Chief of the Army till 2015 when he retired (Horner, 2008). Theoretical Discussion Leadership refers to the act of running an organization following guidance, direction, exercising authority, control as well as management (Kort, 2008). Leadership, therefore, differs from one organization to another and is attributed to the different aspects that are contained within it.

On the other hand, leadership within an organization are faced with various issues which when not appropriately addressed, may result to occurrence of poor management as well as an eventual fall of an organization (Crossan, Seijts, and Gandz, 2016). The leadership issue that is to be focused in this report is the issue of ethics and social responsibility. Ethics refers to the moral obligations of determining what is right and what is wrong and then separating the two.

Various leaders of organizations demonstrate ethical behaviors whereas others don’ t. Ethical leadership is characterized by leaders who are honest, trustworthy and demonstrate integrity when cooperating with either their associated or even their employees. In addition, they pay attention to all their stakeholders attending to their various needs (Greene and Burleson, 2003). They are also characterized by their ability to build a community that promotes respect of every individual. Therefore, the factors that differentiate between ethical and non-ethical leaders include their level of greed, gluttony as well as avarice (Fairholm and Fairholm, 2009).

Some of them tend to maximize all their opportunities at the expense of others. Others have a sense of entitlement where they receive whatever they can get or steal due to their privileges. Some of the non-ethical leaders possess motivated blindness that prompts them to see what they want to see which eventually leads to a conflict of interests (Kort, 2008). All these characteristics cripple their ability to lead effectively which in turn cripples all the stakeholders and the organization in general. Therefore, in order to ensure ethical leadership within an organization, leaders ought to develop an ethical mind.

They can be able to achieve this by stating their various ethical beliefs and adhering them; taking regular self-test to ensure that they fully adhere to their values and morals; believing that keeping an ethical compass is fundamental to the development of an organization; putting aside some time to ponder on their beliefs so as to focus on ethics and finally, pointing out any unethical behaviours demonstrated by others (Greene and Burleson, 2003).

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