This book introduces readers to the moral dilemmas associated with business decisions, helping students to understand the moral and ethical considerations leaders face in the workplace, and providing a framework for balancing business demands with doing the right thing.
The author walks readers through the basics of Western moral philosophy before the 20th century and beyond it, covering Utilitarianism, Universalism, the Golden Rule, and Virtue Ethics as well as compelling Eastern moral philosophy to help readers link individual behavior to the larger scheme of corporate social responsibility. The text combines this with a survey of various leadership theories—such as servant leadership, awakened leadership, authentic leadership, and spiritual leadership—to present a model that combines the strengths of each theory. Students will become familiar with the mindsets behind moral pitfalls along with their potentially disastrous effects and how these can be overcome. Chapter summaries and relevant cases, including studies on Fidel Castro, Wells Fargo, Mylan’s EpiPen Price Gouging, and more will help students to place theories in context, learning how to achieve success in business ventures successfully, compassionately and ethically.
With an easy-to-grasp three-part progression and reflective questions for both chapters and cases, Ethical Leadership will benefit students of leadership and business ethics.
Table of Contents
Part I: Changing Paradigms About Moving Forward
1. The Notion of Progress in the Past
2. The Notion of Progress Today
3. Self-Leadership and Progress
Part II: Toward A Moral Compass
4. The Right Thing in Pre-Millennial Context
5. The Right Thing in Current Context
6. Defining and Polishing Our Moral Compass
Part III: Moving Forward While Doing the Right Thing
7. About Choice and Reality
8. Five Moral Pitfalls to Avoid
9. Moral Theories: Some Pros and Cons
10. Five Moral Handles for Every Type of Decision-Making
Joan Marques is Dean in the School of Business and Full Professor of Management at
Woodbury University, USA. She is the author of several books published by Routledge, including Business
and Buddhism in 2015, and Leadership in 2016.