Integrating Leadership Styles and Ethical Perspectives

Integrating Leadership Styles and Ethical Perspectives This paper reviews two major ethical theories and the manner in which the values they espouse are associated with the directive, transactional, and transformational leadership styles. A model of ethical leadership is proposed which relates the dimensions of these styles to the level of the leader's moral development. Transformational leadership appears to be most closely connected to deontology, while transactional leadership would seem to be related more to teleological ethics, and directive leadership to ethical egoism, a category of teleology. The paper concludes with some suggestions for future research. Résumé Cette étude passe en revue deux théories principales d'éthiques et la façon dont les valeurs qu'elles compren‐nent sont liées aux styles de leadership directif, transac‐tionnel, et transformationnel. L'auteur présente un mo‐dèle de leadership éthique dans lequel les dimensions de ces styles sont associées au niveau de développement moral du leader. Le leadership transformationnel semble être lié plus étroitement à la déontologie tandis que le leadership transactionnel serait associé plutôt à l'éthique téléologique et le leadership directif à l'égo‐ïsnie éthique, une catégorie de la téléologie. L'étude se termine par quelques suggestions de recherches ultérieures. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences/Revue Canadienne des Sciences de L'Administration Wiley

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2001 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0825-0383
eISSN
1936-4490
DOI
10.1111/j.1936-4490.2001.tb00260.x
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Abstract

This paper reviews two major ethical theories and the manner in which the values they espouse are associated with the directive, transactional, and transformational leadership styles. A model of ethical leadership is proposed which relates the dimensions of these styles to the level of the leader's moral development. Transformational leadership appears to be most closely connected to deontology, while transactional leadership would seem to be related more to teleological ethics, and directive leadership to ethical egoism, a category of teleology. The paper concludes with some suggestions for future research. Résumé Cette étude passe en revue deux théories principales d'éthiques et la façon dont les valeurs qu'elles compren‐nent sont liées aux styles de leadership directif, transac‐tionnel, et transformationnel. L'auteur présente un mo‐dèle de leadership éthique dans lequel les dimensions de ces styles sont associées au niveau de développement moral du leader. Le leadership transformationnel semble être lié plus étroitement à la déontologie tandis que le leadership transactionnel serait associé plutôt à l'éthique téléologique et le leadership directif à l'égo‐ïsnie éthique, une catégorie de la téléologie. L'étude se termine par quelques suggestions de recherches ultérieures.

Journal

Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences/Revue Canadienne des Sciences de L'AdministrationWiley

Published: Dec 1, 2001

References

  • Leadership and performance beyond expectations
    Bass, B.M.
  • An introduction to the principles of morals and legislation
    Bentham, J.
  • Charisma and leadership in organizations
    Bryman, A.
  • A theory of leadership effectiveness
    Fiedler, F.E.

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