Drs. O.C. and Linda Ferrell spoke to students about the vital role that ethical leadership plays in one’s career success on Wednesday in Massey Boardroom in a convocation event sponsored by the Belmont University Edward C. Kennedy Center for Business Ethics.
“Good business is good ethics. Good ethics is good business,” O.C. Ferrell said. “Your success depends on your character and your confidence in ethical practices.”
Ferrell asked the audience to reflect on the biggest challenges in the ethics arena and how to assure the maintenance of personal ethical standards.
“Strong ethics and social responsibility leads employees to be motivated to serve customers, committed to the firm, committed to high quality standards, satisfied with their jobs and have a higher organizational performance,” Linda Ferrell noted.
The Ferrells are distinguished professors of business ethics at the University of New Mexico. They have co-authored over 20 books and more than 100 articles in major journals and publications including the business ethics textbook used at Belmont. In the academic environment, they are considered the foremost authorities on ethical decision-making, stakeholder relationships and social responsibility in the world of business.
The Center for Business Ethics seeks to bring people together in the discussion of business ethics, help empower business leaders to face the current crisis in business ethics and educate ethical business leaders for a better society.