Are leaders morally special? Is there something ethically distinctive about the relationship between leaders and followers? Should leaders do whatever it takes to achieve group goals? Leadership Ethics uses moral theory, as well as empirical research in psychology, to evaluate the reasons everyday leaders give to justify breaking the rules. Written for people without a background in philosophy, it introduces readers to the moral theories that are relevant to leadership ethics: relativism, amoralism, egoism, virtue ethics, social contract theory, situation ethics, communitarianism, and cosmopolitan theories such as utilitarianism and transformational leadership. Unlike many introductory texts, the book does more than simply acquaint readers with different approaches to leadership ethics. It defends the Kantian view that everyday leaders are not justified in breaking the moral rules.
Cambridge University Press; July 2008
- ISBN: 9780511433856
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- Title: Leadership Ethics
- Author: Terry L. Price
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
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"Price subtly examines the justifiability of rule breaking characteristic of leaders from the standpoint of the most prominent ethical theories, with acute commentary on pertinent work in psychology and much else. His exposition is clear, his arguments rigorous, his conclusions sometimes provocative but always worth taking seriously."
-Ed Hartman, Stern School, New York University