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Ethical Leadership

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Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics

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Leaders’ ethical behavior; Virtuous leadership

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Ethical leadership is a leadership style that highlights the ethical dimension of leadership in management. It refers to the leader’s values, ethical traits and ethical behavior in organizational settings, and the way they relate to employees, organizations, and society. Ethical behavior is understood as one that can be judged according to generally accepted moral norms of behavior (Treviño et al. 2006). Ethics refers to a set of principles and moral rules of behavior that guide human relationships (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) about what is morally good and bad. And leadership involves influence processes within human relationships (Graen and Uhl-Bien 1995; Yukl and van Fleet 1992). Thus, ethics in leadership translate into leader’s ethical behavior that make followers to act responsibly toward others, by protecting their human dignity and each other rights and needs (Gini 1998; Guillen and Gonzalez 2001) in human...

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Páez Gabriunas, I. (2017). Ethical Leadership. In: Poff, D., Michalos, A. (eds) Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-23514-1_55-1

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