These researches reveal that the followers minutely observe their leaders and even a small difference in the leader’s words and action has a huge influence on the trust of the followers. This creates the ethical dilemma for the employees who are observing the managers who lack high moral standards and does not follow his own words. In this situation, we can understand how the performance of the manager with high moral and ethical standards stands out than those with no ethics. The leader with no difference in his words and actions is deemed as ethical leader and he has greater influence on his followers. He is able to make his employees follow an example of consistent behavior, moral and correct way of being, take correct decisions and actions, and do what the manager says. Thus the manager with high ethical standards command greater influence and thus is able to extract greater work from his staff without adversely affecting their welfare. This helps in better performance of the leader himself and the company as a whole. Thus as per the recommendations of Marcy, Gentry, and McKinnon (2008), an influential manager manages to devise a particular strategy to affect his followers along with winning their trust. The strategy thus devised put emphasis on introspection to assess the emotions of one and raise question about their judgment along with taking care of perspective of other people, analyzing the demand of situation and then decide on the best possible implementation or course of action. This needs to be done keeping in mind the possible consequences, considerations, weight competence and identification of one’s circumstances.
Having understood the ideologies, models and paradigms of ethical leadership, the question arises regarding its utility. Does the ethical conduct of managers help them show better results at the workplace? Does it lead to more profitability for the company? Or does it means that the followers of such ethical managers are better under control than those who follow leaders or managers with no ethical standards? Marcy, Gentry, and McKinnon (2008) points out that many a times in a company, there remains lack of coordination between the leaders talk and walk, which is what they say and what they actually perform. This situation is often more visible in cases which deals with ethical issues. As we have already discussed how the crisis of trust has become one of the most problematic area in today’s business environment. Moreno (2010) furthers explores the problems of crisis of trust in his research.