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The Quest for Moral Leaders
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The Quest for Moral Leaders

Essays on Leadership Ethics

9781845425340 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Joanne B. Ciulla, Professor, Department of Management and Global Business and Director, Institute for Ethical Leadership, Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick, Terry L. Price, Associate Professor, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond and Susan E. Murphy, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director, School of Strategic Leadership Studies, James Madison University, US
Publication Date: 2005 ISBN: 978 1 84542 534 0 Extent: 192 pp
The quest for moral leaders is both a personal quest that takes place in the hearts and minds of leaders and a pursuit by individuals, groups, organizations, communities and societies for leaders who are both ethical and effective. The contributors to this volume, all top scholars in leadership studies and ethics, provide a nuanced discussion of the complex ethical relationships that lie at the core of leadership.

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The quest for moral leaders is both a personal quest that takes place in the hearts and minds of leaders and a pursuit by individuals, groups, organizations, communities and societies for leaders who are both ethical and effective. The contributors to this volume, all top scholars in leadership studies and ethics, provide a nuanced discussion of the complex ethical relationships that lie at the core of leadership.

Two distinct factors make the ethics of leadership different from the ethics of other individuals. The first is power – the way leaders exercise it and the temptations that come with it. The second is the moral relationship they have with followers and the range of people with whom they have moral relationships and obligations. In The Quest for Moral Leaders, the contributors explore how leaders themselves view their role, as well as the ways in which leadership functions within business, politics and society. The volume begins with chapters examining how religious beliefs and emotions color the way leaders make decisions. The second section covers how leaders think about morality, while the book’s final chapters shift our attention to the function of leadership within organizations.

The first book to offer perspectives on leadership ethics from the ancient Greek ideas on reverence to the moral problems of executive compensation, The Quest for Moral Leaders is a must-read for scholars and students of leadership, ethics and business. Leadership consultants will also find this in-depth analysis a valuable resource.
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‘All of the authors, perhaps most notably Robert C. Solomon and Norman E. Bowie, are well-established academic scholars. All of the essays, including the introduction, are scholarly, well written, and easily digestible by undergraduate students. Highly recommended.’
– R.F. White, Choice
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Contributors: N.E. Bowie, J.B. Ciulla, J.A. Conger, S.D.N. Cook, D.A. Hicks, S.E. Murphy, T.L. Price, R.C. Solomon, P. Temes, T.R. Tyler, P. Woodruff
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Contents: Introduction Part I: The Hearts of Leaders: Virtues, Feelings, and Faith 1. The Shape of Freedom: Democratic Leadership in the Ancient World 2. Emotional Leadership, Emotional Integrity 3. Ethical Diversity and the Leader’s Religious Commitments Part II: The Minds of Leaders: Responsibility, Necessary Sin, and Fairness 4. Abuse, Privilege, and the Conditions of Responsibility for Leaders 5. ‘Oh Lord, Won’t You Buy Me a Mercedes-Benz’: How Compensation Practices are Undermining the Credibility of Executive Leaders 6. Dirty Hands, Necessary Sin, and the Ethics of Leaders Part III: The Body of Leadership: Moral Systems and Organizations 7. Fairness as Effectiveness: How Leaders Lead 8. That Which Governs Best: Leadership, Ethics and Human Systems 9. Expanding the Horizons of Leadership Index
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