Ethics: The Heart of Leadership

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Moral Leadership and Business Ethics

Al Gini

Those who really deserve praise are the people who, while human enough to enjoy power, nevertheless pay more attention to justice than they are compelled to do by their situation.

-- Thucydides

Conventional wisdom has it that two of the most glaring examples of academic oxymorons are the terms "business ethics" and "moral leadership." Neither term carries credibility in popular culture, and when conjoined, they constitute a "null-set" rather than just a simple contradiction in terms. The reason for this is definitional, but only in part. More significant is that we have so few models of businesses and leaders operating on ethical principles. Simply put, the cliché persists because of the dearth of evidence to the contrary. At best, both these terms remain in the lexicon as wished-for ideals rather than actual states of being.

A New York Times/CBS News Poll conducted in 1985 revealed that 55 percent of the American public believe that the vast majority of corporate executives are dishonest, and 59 percent think that executive whitecollar crime occurs on a regular basis. A 1987 Wall Street Journal article

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Introduction xv
  • Part I - The Scope of the Issues 1
  • 1 - Leadership Ethics: Mapping the Territory 3
  • Notes 19
  • 2 - Moral Leadership and Business Ethics 27
  • Notes 43
  • Part II - Leaders and Followers: A Difficult Relationship 47
  • 3 - Ethical Challenges in the Leader-Follower Relationship 49
  • Notes 58
  • References 58
  • 4 - Leadership and the Problem of Bogus Empowerment 63
  • Notes 84
  • 5 - Ethical Leadership, Emotions, and Trust: Beyond "Charisma" 87
  • Notes 105
  • Part III - Puzzles and Perils of Transformational Leadership 109
  • 6 - The Trouble with Transformational Leadership: Toward a Federalist Ethic for Organizations 111
  • Notes 140
  • References 141
  • 7 - James Madison and the Ethics of Transformational Leadership 145
  • Notes 165
  • 8 - The Ethics of Transformational Leadership 169
  • Notes 189
  • Index 193
  • About the Editor and Contributors 197
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