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The ability to clearly explain decisions and the process or motivations involved.

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

Behavior Statements

Proficiency Level 1 - Basic understanding

Demonstrates the ability to complete work in a manner consistent with organizational values.

Applies sound judgment in personal conduct outside the office.

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

Supports methods for institutionalizing the highest ethical standards and work practices.

Proficiency Level 2 - Working experience

Displays respect and ethical behavior toward coworkers, customers, and other stakeholders.

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

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.

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.

Articulates potential positive and negative impacts on the business and community of company actions and practices.

Proficiency Level 4 - Subject matter depth and breadth

Champions information transparency to ensure fair access to intellectual capital.

Mediates ethical disputes and allegations of misconduct equitably and thoroughly.

Leads transparently and approachably.

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

Promotes information transparency while safeguarding sensitive or proprietary information.

Creates institutional ethical standards, policies, and work practices.

Interview Questions

  • Can a business do well and do good? How? Would shareholders agree?
  • Would someone on your staff feel comfortable "blowing the whistle" on behavior that appeared unethical?
  • 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?"
  • 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?
  • Have you ever had to deliver bad news to a customer and if so, how did you handle it?

Titles with Shared Competencies