Ethics: The Heart of Leadership

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The Ethics of Transformational Leadership

Bernard M. Bass


INTRODUCTION

In the early 1980s, when an author submitted a manuscript for publication dealing with transformational leadership, one reviewer asked critically "What's different about transformational leadership? Isn't leadership completely covered by the two factors of initiation and consideration?" Since then, a host of empirical and theoretical articles and books have appeared using the transactional/transformational paradigm. They strongly support the efficacy of the conceptualization and utility of the contribution of transformational leadership to organizational performance. Nonetheless, an alarm has sounded by one critic over the "obsession" with transformational leadership ( Gronn 1995) and its ethics have been questioned by several others such as Keeley ( 1995). And yet, it was conceived as leadership that involved the moral uplifting of followers ( Burns 1978) and that required moral maturity ( Kuhnert and Lewis 1987).

Critics fault the morality of transformational leadership for communications that may border on the unethical; for failing to consider the needs for countervailing power embodied in transactional exchanges, controls, and contracts; for appearing to the critics to be inconsistent

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Table of contents

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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