by Elizabeth Smythe on October 2, 2013

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A third of managers lie and mislead to get ahead, study shows

New research by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has revealed that almost a third of managers ‘ditch ethics’ in order that they can achieve career progression, ft.com reports.

The study of 2,000 managers and their direct reports found that 29 per cent of managers routinely told white lies or misled people in order to get ahead. What’s more, two-thirds of their staff have noticed this bad behaviour, even though only five per cent of managers were honest enough to call themselves ‘unethical’.

The CMI has understandably called for employers to stamp out unethical behaviour. Chief executive Ann Francke urged businesses to create cultures where strong ethics were rewarded. They might have a tough job on their hands, though; 41 per cent of the managers polled said that they considered progression more important than ‘behaving morally’.

Naturally, if managers are struggling to get ahead internally, then the sensible step would be to seek jobs in London or beyond at a company that exhibits ethical behaviour and values which the individual shares. 

Speaking about the findings to hrmagazine.co.uk, Ms Francke said: “When it comes to integrity, leading by example is key so managers need to re-focus on principles, not personal gain.

“We’ve seen company after company fall foul of ethical scandals and the costs can be huge – not only financially, but in the damage that’s done to hard-won reputations.”