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Adhering to moral and ethical principles; soundness of character

*This competency is part of the Management and Leadership Competencies at UF

Behavior Statements

Proficiency Level 1 - Basic understanding

Describes the key business ethics that help shape a successful career.

Follows the ethical example of trusted mentors and leaders.

Applies sound judgment in personal conduct outside the office.

Seeks help to escalate ethical concerns with sensitivity and tact.

Proficiency Level 2 - Working experience

Exhibits a personal standard of excellence marked by honesty and integrity.

Demonstrates the courage to "speak truth to power".

Maintains constancy in business relationships while considering multiple perspectives.

Explains corporate ethics, values, and codes of conduct to others.

Analyzes feedback from internal and external audiences about the organization's reputation.

Proficiency Level 3 - Extensive experience

Models the highest ethical and business standards for the company.

Builds trust with coworkers across organizational and functional boundaries.

Ensures that individual and team actions build the organization's reputation for excellent business practices.

Promotes the employment brand as an ambassador of a "great place to work".

Recommends changes to business practices, methods, and policies that would further promote transparency.

Promotes a safe, equitable, respectful environment in which ethical concerns can be addressed effectively.

Proficiency Level 4 - Subject matter depth and breadth

Creates a safe work environment in which leaders and role models are accessible.

Mediates ethical disputes and allegations of misconduct equitably and thoroughly.

Sponsors ethical reviews to ensure that organizational practices are consistent with espoused values.

Shapes corporate governance so as to reinforce independence, accountability, responsibility, and reasonableness in executive rewards.

Develops business continuity plans for significant breaches in public trust.

Leads transparently and approachably.

Interview Questions

  • Would someone on your staff feel comfortable "blowing the whistle" on behavior that appeared unethical?
  • Have you ever had to deliver bad news to a customer and if so, how did you handle it?
  • Have you ever delivered bad news or an unfavorable opinion to someone in a position of power? How did it go, and what were the consequences?
  • How did your organization establish a "zero tolerance" policy with regard to fraudulent activities and how did your organization reward employees for reporting "fraudulent activities?"

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