Moral Leadership: The Theory and Practice of Power, Judgment and Policy / Edition 1

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The Enron scandal . . . lobbyists bribing members of Congress . . . the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib—the news is filled with stories about the lack of ethics in our most high-placed leaders.

Moral Leadership brings together in one comprehensive volume essays from leading scholars in law, leadership, psychology, political science, and ethics to provide practical, theoretical, and policy guidance. The authors explore key questions about moral leadership: How do leaders form, sustain, and transmit moral commitments? Under what conditions are those processes most effective? What is the impact of ethics officers, codes, training programs, and similar initiatives? How do standards and practices vary across context and culture? What can we do at the individual, organizational, and societal level to foster moral leadership?

Throughout the book, the contributors identify what people know, and only think they know, about the role of ethics in key decision-making positions. The essays focus on issues such as the definition and importance of moral leadership and the factors that influence its exercise, along with practical strategies for promoting ethical behavior. Moral Leadership addresses the dynamics of moral leadership, with particular emphasis on major obstacles that stand in its way:'impaired judgment, self-interest, and power.' Finally, the book explores moral leadership in a variety of contexts—business and the professions, nonprofit organizations, and the international arena.

As recent scandals make clear, society has a fundamental interest in strengthening the ethical capacities and commitments of its leaders.

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"Material that needs to be widely read - urgently." (Long Range Planning, 40/2007)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787982829
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/12/2006
  • Series: J-B Warren Bennis Series, #139
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 696,504
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah L. Rhode is the Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law and director of the Stanford Center on Ethics. She is the former director of the Keck Center on Legal Ethics and the Legal Profession at Stanford University School of Law, the former chair of the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession, and the former president of the Association of American Law Schools.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Where Is the Leadership in Moral Leadership? (Deborah L. Rhode).

Part One: Ethical Judgment.

1. Making Sense of Moral Meltdowns (David Luban).

2. Three Practical Challenges of Moral Leadership (Joshua Margolis, Andrew Molinsky).

3. Ethical Judgment and Moral Leadership: Three Barriers (David Messick).

4. Morals for Public Officials (Russell Hardin).

Part Two: The Psychology of Power.

5. The Psychology of Power: To the Person? To the Situation? To the System? (Philip G. Zimbardo).

6. Taming Power (David G. Winter).

7. Power and Moral Leadership (Dacher Keltner, Carrie A. Langner, Maria Logli Allison).

Part Three: Self-Sacrifice and Self-Interest.

8. Orchestrating Prosocial Motives (C. Daniel Batson).

9. Self-Sacrifice and Self-Interest: Do Ethical Values Shape Behavior in Organizational Settings? (Tom R. Tyler).

Part Four: Serving the Public Through the Public Sector: Accountability of Nonprofit Organizations.

10. Strategic Philanthropy and Its Malcontents (Paul Brest).

11. Ethics and Philanthropy (Bruce Sievers).

Part Five: Moral Leadership: Perspectives and Implications.

12. Exercising Moral Courage: A Developmental Agenda (Linda A. Hill).

13. Perspectives on Global Moral Leadership (Kirk O. Hanson).



About the Authors.


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