Here is a competency that sometimes strikes fear in the minds of leaders. Court operations and practices may be delivered seamlessly until something arises with ethical ramifications. Understanding and applying ethical provisions cause us to consider serious topics and issues. Ethics and expectations for conduct underlie effective executive leadership. Codes of conduct describe standards and help to support both court purposes and perceptions regarding public trust and confidence in our courts.

Ethics is one of the thirteen vital competencies published for court leaders by the National Association for Court Management (NACM). The full competency on Ethics may be viewed at

Enjoy review of this competency. The next posting on this site will illustrate why a court leader should make a pledge to be an “aware” leader and build court leader performance around that awareness.

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