Paper presented at the South African Association of Public Administration and Management (SAAPAM) 9th Annual Conference, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, 30-31 October 2008. The Conference theme was "Consolidating state capacity".
Leadership and ethics are concepts which are seen as important factors
in human resources and organisational capacity in a developmental
state. Leadership is necessary within the context of decision making and
organisational performance whilst ethics refers to the particular conduct of those
within organizations who are responsible for decision making. Recent examples
of corruption, and less than exemplary conduct by South African public officials
presented the vexed question as to how problems in this regard may be addressed.
This article attempts to lend perspective to the leadership and ethics interface.
Aspects relating to the establishment of an ethical framework and anti corruption
strategy for government are briefly described and mention is made of the
leadership aspects associated with good governance. To exemplify the above,
two cases of organisations and measures taken by such organisations within the
context of policy and the regulatory framework are cited.