Autocratic leadership style: Autocratic leadership style contains whole organizational power within single person that is used for providing guidance, distributing responsibility to other organizational persons. This type of leadership style has its own perception that no one is eligible for taking any organizational responsibilities. So it can be a tuff task for researcher to conduct research for this type of style because most of the employees will not like to follow this type of leadership style (Hambley, O’Neill Kline, 2007). So, it can be a matter of ethical considerations because it can affect the relationship of leader and employees.
This experiment can generate ethical issues related to individual rights of respondent because it can show the irrespective behavior of colleagues towards leadership. It can affect the aim of research negatively that is the first ethical norms during leadership’s experiments (Bechhofer Paterson, 2000). It can be resolved by the full cooperation of employees and effective understanding about the motives of experiments that can be vital for any employee to perform productively.
Democratic leadership style: This type of leadership style is based on group participation in which leader distributes his responsibilities to other employees and subordinates on the basis their ability that helps to make them more accountable towards organizational profitability (Nsubuga, 2008). The experiment related to democratic leadership style could influence the moral ethics of leaders along with employees because it can affect the natural human rights of respondent that restricts anyone for examine others nature and character in the context of individual benefits (Johnson, 2011). So, this lab experiment can affect those values of leader and their follower that are most important for collaboration during organizational functions.
It could generate an ethical issue that may influence the respective nature of those employees, who are engaged in research process along with leader. Since, democratic leadership style is based on groups’ participation, so some ethical issues may came related to taking credit for completing research effectively because it involves different disciplines, people, institutions and a agreement of collaboration and synchronization (Bechhofer Paterson, 2000). It can be avoided by insurance of researcher to respondent that research is held for the accountability of public and it is only a matter of collective research data for decision making not for appraising individual and personal relationship.
Participative leadership style: This style encourages involvement of young people in the operational tasks that influences the thoughts of young people, their services, and reduces those issues that can affect their product efficiencies (Johnson, 2011). This lab test can be a matter of ethical consideration for researcher because it can affect the integrity of employees along with leader because this research could bring-out the openness character of respondent. It can directly affect the accountability of public and moral values of young people (Leadbeater, 2006). This type of ethical consideration is solved by the help of human protection norms because it could bind the both hands of researcher to conduct test experiment in a limited manner.
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