Developing a framework for ethical leadership

Alan Lawton, Iliana Páez

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Abstract

Interest in ethical leadership from academics and practitioners has grown enormously in recent years. This article addresses this literature through a framework that identifies three interlocking questions. First, who are ethical leaders and what are their characteristics? Second, how do ethical leaders do what they do? Third, why do leaders do as they do and what are the outcomes of ethical leadership? Different dimensions to ethical leadership are examined and presented as three interlocking circles; Virtues, Purposes and Practices. This framework presents an integrated approach to ethical leadership and argues that future research take this holistic framework and apply it to different sectors or contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)639-649
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Volume130
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Ethical leadership
  • Ethical practices
  • Ethical theory

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