Leadership and Ethics

Leadership and Ethics

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Contemporary discussions about the nature of leadership abound. But what constitutes a good leader? Are ethics and leadership even compatible? Accounts of leadership often lie at either end of an ethical spectrum: on one end are accounts that argue ethics are intrinsically linked to leadership; on the other are (Machiavellian) views that deny any such link-intrinsic or extrinsic. Leadership appears to require a normative component of virtue; otherwise 'leadership' amounts to no more than mere power or influence. But are such accounts coherent and justifiable? Approaching a controversial topic, this series of essays tackles key questions from a range of philosophical perspectives, considering the nature of leadership separate from any formal office or role and how it shapes the world we live in.By being honest and forthright, authentic leaders do not use employees or followers as objects of strategy. ... For example, when Alan Mulally was appointed as CEO of Ford Motor Company he told reporters that he drove a Lexus because ... with an honest leadership style that did not endear himself to longstanding employees at the company (Kiley 2007; Reed 2012). ... the authentic slaverholder presents his moral commitments straightforwardly to others, and in this way he deals withanbsp;...

Title:Leadership and Ethics
Author: Jacqueline Boaks, Michael P. Levine
Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing - 2015-09-24

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