Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 14, Issue 10, pp 867–874 | Cite as

The ethical leader: An ascetic construct

  • Harold B. JonesJr.


The way in which ethical standards are neglected or applied is a function of individual character. The best guarantee of ethical leadership, therefore, lies in the identification of those already predisposed to live according to high moral standards. The ascetic construct is offered as a type of personality with such a predisposition. The ascetic is self-controlled, purposeful, and mindful with regard to consequences. The character traits of the ascetic leader are predicted to increase ethical awareness and ethical accountability within his organization or hers. This will increase the probability of the organization's economic success because it will reduce uncertainty on the part of customers and investors. A better understanding of the ascetic personality may be helpful in identifying those with the potential for becoming highly ethical leaders.


Economic Growth Ethical Standard Character Trait Ethical Leader Individual Character 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harold B. JonesJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Management and MarketingUniversity of Alabama, College of Commerce & Business AdministrationTuscaloosaUSA

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