Ethical leadership

Ethical leadership is leadership that is directed by respect for ethical beliefs and values and for the dignity and rights of others.[1]:22 It is thus related to concepts such as trust, honesty, consideration, charisma and fairness.[2]

Ethics is concerned with the kinds of values and morals an individual or a society finds desirable or appropriate. Furthermore, ethics is concerned with the virtuousness of individuals and their motives. A leader's choices are also influenced by their moral development.[3]


  1. Theresa Watts (2008). Business leaders' values and beliefs regarding decision making ethics. Morrisville, NC: ISBN 9781435747685.
  2. Michael E. Brown, Linda K. Treviño, David A. Harrison (2005). Ethical leadership: A social learning perspective for construct development and testing. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes 97 (2): 117-134. doi:10.1016/j.obhdp.2005.03.002 (subscription required)
  3. Northouse, Peter G.(2016)Leadership Theory and Practice Seventh Edition Los Angeles, CA: SAGE Publications.

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