Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 98, Supplement 1, pp 25-35

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Responsible Leadership as Virtuous Leadership

  • Kim CameronAffiliated withRoss School of Business, University of Michigan Email author 


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.


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