Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

After studying this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Define ethics
  • Compare perspectives on ethical leadership
  • Identify the five key principles of ethical leadership
  • Discuss the strengths and criticisms of the ethical approach
  • Recognize applications of the ethical approach

Chapter Outline


Ethics Defined

Level 1. Preconventional Morality

Level 2. Conventional Morality

Level 3. Postconventional Morality

Ethical Theories

Centrality of Ethics to Leadership

Heifetz’s Perspective on Ethical Leadership

Burns’s Perspective on Ethical Leadership

The Dark Side of Leadership

Principles of Ethical Leadership

Ethical Leaders Respect Others

Ethical Leaders Serve Others

Ethical Leaders Are Just

Ethical Leaders Are Honest

Ethical Leaders Build Community




Case Studies

Case 13.1 Choosing a Research Assistant

Case 13.2 How Safe Is Safe?

Case 13.3 Reexamining a Proposal

Leadership Instrument

Perceived Leader Integrity Scale (PLIS)