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.Consider for example a transformational leadership relationship, where the leader of a non-profit gives motivational speeches and crafts an inspiring narrative in an effort to encourage employees to work harder and longer for the cause.

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


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