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Ethics, the Heart of Leadership, 3rd Edition

by Joanne B. Ciulla, Editor
Foreword by James MacGregor Burns


The study of ethics and leadership can be traced back to the ancient Greeks.

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September 2014


Pages 236
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Business/Leadership
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Top academic scholars ponder the question of ethics as it pertains to all aspects of leadership in business, government, and nonprofit organizations.

If leaders were defined by their influence on history, Hitler would be on par with Gandhi, Lincoln, and Mother Theresa. Yet most of us believe that our superiors have a responsibility to exercise power with a purpose far greater than any political agenda and a motive more noble than personal gain. This thought-provoking collection of essays explores the ethical challenges that leaders face in their relationships with followers, the choices they make, and the ways in which they influence others.

Joanne B. Ciulla and her contributors examine the traits and characteristics of top-tier leaders. She questions the assumption that moral fortitude is an inherent part of being in charge; analyzes the roles that charisma, morality, and delegation play in the leadership paradigm; and considers whether individuals who want to lead with integrity but are sometimes forced to get their hands dirty for their constituents can be called "moral leaders." Readers will gain an appreciation for how ethics is not an add-on to the practice of leadership but rather an integral part of it—an element that informs the very idea of what it means to lead and to lead well.


  • Includes contributions from philosophers, management theorists, and industrial and organizational psychologists
  • Reveals the roles that deception and self-deception play in exercising power
  • Explains complex management models in easy-to-understand, accessible language
  • Examines leadership across a variety of industries
Author Info

Joanne B. Ciulla, PhD, is cofounder, professor, and Coston Family Chair in Leadership and Ethics at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond. Her published works include Praeger's Leadership at the Crossroads: Leadership and Psychology; Honest Work: A Business Ethics Reader; and The Ethics of Leadership. She has a doctorate in philosophy from Temple University.

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