Some Perspective of Managerial Ethical Leadership

Enderle, Georges
November 1987
Journal of Business Ethics;Nov87, Vol. 6 Issue 8, p657
Academic Journal
If managerial leadership means deciding responsibly in a complex situation, the ethical dimension of leadership - besides its analytical and instrumental aspects - has to be clarified. I present and discuss several essential aspects of managerial ethical leadership: (a) some major presuppositions (the concepts of leadership and responsibility), (b) three normative-ethical tasks of the activity of leadership (perceiving, interpreting and creating reality - being responsible for the effect of one's decisions on the human beings concerned being responsible for the implementation of corporate goals) and (c) some claims on the leader as a subject responsible for his or her own activities. I shall conclude by adding some reflections on the limits of managerial ethical leadership.


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