Responsible Leadership as Virtuous Leadership

Journal of Business Ethics 98 (S1):25-35 (2011)
Abstract
Responsible leadership is rare. It is not that most leaders are irresponsible, but responsibility in leadership is frequently defined so that an important connotation of responsible leadership is ignored. This article equates responsible leadership with virtuousness. Using this connotation implies that responsible leadership is based on three assumptions—eudaemonism, inherent value, and amplification. Secondarily, this connotation produces two important outcomes—a fixed point for coping with change, and benefits for constituencies who may never be affected otherwise. The meaning and advantages of responsible leadership as virtuous leadership are discussed
Keywords Virtuousness  Leadership  Responsible leadership  Virtuous leadership  Ethics  Virtues
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