Ethics: The Heart of Leadership

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Ethical Leadership, Emotions, and Trust: Beyond "Charisma"

Robert C. Solomon

I should begin by saying that I am a novice on the subject of leadership, but after fifteen years of research and, consulting in business ethics, I have become convinced that morally sensitive leaders are the essential feature of any good organization. I have never been a leader -- although one hopes that teachers and especially philosophy teachers might share a few of the attributes of leaders in terms of inspiration and impact -- and I confess that even though, I pride myself on my trustworthiness and loyalty, I have never been much of a follower, either. Too many leaders, as Voltaire complained of heroes, "are so noisy." Perhaps that is why I have never before delved into the subject as I should, for so much of what I have noticed about leadership is the noise.

Much of the noise has to do with the well-known but little understood phenomenon of Weberian charisma, the excited appeal supposedly generated and accordingly cultivated by leaders. Charisma, in other words, has much to do with emotion, but not just the emotion generated by leaders. It is also, first and foremost, the passion of the leader. It is strange, then, that the nature of emotion, the very heart of charisma, should have been so long, neglected by leadership scholars. What has also been neglected, along with emotion, is the intimate relationship between emotion and ethics. This relationship speaks to several of the

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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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