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Preventing Negative Conflict in Leadership Succession: Ethical Considerations and Practices

  • Anthony R. Carbo
  • Karin J. Storm
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Abstract

Negative conflict is unnecessary, destructive, and unhelpful. Though leaders should neither avoid nor diminish positive conflict, when successors practice the standards of ethical leadership, they are likely to prevent negative conflict. In this chapter, ethical leadership is the focus. Ethics is vital for positive succession planning. As part of succession preparation, developers should seek replacements who demonstrate a foundation in ethical leadership such as virtue ethics, formalism, and utilitarianism. Heirs entering a leadership position will likely influence others’ behavior. Successors should be just, wise, valiant, temperate, dependable, and honest. They should also support a code of ethics and be considerate of desires and needs of individuals and the entire group. Prospective leaders should be transparent about the general moral principles they believe should take priority.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony R. Carbo
    • 1
  • Karin J. Storm
    • 1
  1. 1.University of PhoenixTempeUSA

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