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Moral integrity in leadership: why it matters and why it can be difficult to achieve

Emler, Nicholas and Cook, Tina (2001) Moral integrity in leadership: why it matters and why it can be difficult to achieve. In: Roberts, Brent W. and Hogan, Robert, (eds.) Personality Psychology in the Workplace. Decade of behavior. APA Press, Washington, DC, pp. 277-298. ISBN 9781557987532

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This chapter discusses leadership, moral integrity, and difficulties in ensuring moral integrity in leadership. The chapter advances the following arguments: (1) It does matter how is in charge, and the available evidence does not unequivocally support the objections to this view. (2) The personal qualities that matter in leaders include moral integrity. (3) Some of the processes that determine access to positions of leadership are insufficiently sensitive to relevant personal characteristics. (4) In particular, the top-down or bureaucratic processes that exist in many organizations are less likely than bottom-up processes to eliminate leadership candidates with moral flaws. The authors argue that moral integrity in leadership matters because of the opportunities to do immense harm available to those who occupy leadership positions. Lack of moral integrity in a leader is thus of far greater consequence than lack of conscience, self-control, or tolerance in any private citizen acting alone.

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Additional Information: © 2001 APA Publications
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2010 11:24
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2021 23:03

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