Virtue Ethics in Leadership Operations: A Pathway for Leadership Development

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Part of the Issues in Business Ethics book series (IBET, volume 38)

Abstract

This chapter argues for the use of a virtue ethics framework as a means of developing individual leaders and leadership capacity within groups and organizations. Major streams of leadership theory are discussed and applications of virtue ethics principles are illustrated with a leader-member exchange (LMX) perspective. Using MacIntyre’s notions of practice and internal goods, an argument is also advanced that leadership processes can be considered internal goods that drive practice within groups and organizations. Future research directions for the use of virtue ethics concepts in leadership development are proposed along with discussions of potential applications in human resource development.

Keywords

Emotional Intelligence Ethical Leadership Virtue Ethic Leadership Behaviour Leadership Development 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Management, Division of BusinessUniversity of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia

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