Creating and Leading an Intentional Organization
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The purpose of this synthesis paper is to provide a brief overview of the concept of ethical leadership and the reason leaders require followers in order to lead. In the last twenty or more years, numerous books, thousands of articles have been written on leadership styles, styles of management, motivation, and related topics. The main thrust of most of these writings has been that some form of participative management or non-authoritarian leadership style, as opposed to an authoritarian style of management, will result in improved organizational performance. The belief is business success is realized when organizations are built on a foundation, an ethical foundation. It is further believed that an ethical culture will guide organizations through difficulties and decision they face.
Not everyone has the same moral code and awareness of rules and laws. In the so-called ôethics eraö of the 1990s (Smith, 1995), morality is no longer thought of as an issue peripheral to the activity of a business. Rather, as institutions become responsible to society for meeting consumption needs in the content of societyÆs ethical and spiritual expectations, ethical issues are ôassuming a level of importance approaching the more traditional managerial and strategic concerns of marketing inquiryö (Reidenbach and Robin, 1998). The concern about eth...