How does one become an ethical leader and sustain the ethics practices in public sector

Ethical leadership is a questionable trait within public administration. In understanding ethics, there is a need to define the components that contribute and make a guideline to how ethics are justified. A key component is morality or principles which both go hand in hand. A system of principles that consist of respecting, doing no harm, benefiting others, being just, being faithful and most of all doing the right thing. There is very little attention given to the study of ethics in the public sector. Although, there is a need for building management to adhere to ethics. It is important that ethics be explored more in detail. Exploring the topic of public administration, certain assumptions have been established such as: public employees conducting themselves with the highest integrity and moral principles in their daily functions. As well as management conducting themselves with transparency in all aspects related to public administration. The general population learns about public administration through the news media and various outlets focus on corruption stories and scandal. This poses the question: how does one become an ethical leader and sustain ethical practices in the public sector? To be able to answer the question posed, there needs to be more education provided to potential leaders in public administration. This exploration aims to focus on ethics within public administration, whether one can become an ethical leader and sustain the ethical practice in public administration. Furthermore, my aim is to identify traits of an ethical leader and strategies of how to sustain the ethical practice in the public administration, thus avoiding corruption. This study aims to answer the research questions, by utilizing a qualitative research design. With a focus on gathering, interpreting and examining qualitative data that is cohesive to a literature review approach.