1st Edition

The Practice of Ethical Leadership Insights from Psychology and Business in Building an Ethical Bottom Line

    262 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    262 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book considers ethics as a practical discipline at the heart of decisions, reasoning, shaping, and ordering organizations. Both engaging and accessible, it offers effective suggestions for selecting and developing ethical leaders and invites readers to self-reflect and understand how to build ethical cultures within their organizations and beyond.

    Examining the many characteristics of ethical leadership, including love and authenticity, the book uses factual evidence to explore both its positive and negative characteristics. It offers readers an in-depth insight into how ethical decision making can help determine the right thing to do, supported by directly applicable ethical lessons that help leaders become more conscious going forward. The authors provide concrete suggestions for action, as well as ways to develop and understand what is needed to become an ethical leader. Each chapter encourages readers to reflect on their own experiences, as well as engage in discussion with others, and challenge basic assumptions. The book concludes by offering a long-term oriented outlook at future challenges for ethical leaders.

    Rooted in extensive psychological, philosophical, entrepreneurial, and business experience, The Practice of Ethical Leadership will appeal to leaders, human resource professionals, and Board members across a wide variety of organizations. This book will also benefit academics as well as anyone who is invested in the fields of leadership, management, business, and industrial-organizational Psychology.

    Please visit the authors personal website www.ethicalbottomline.com for more information.

    1. Why Ethical Leadership?

    2. What is Ethical Leadership?

    3. Leadership and Love

    4. The Dilemma of Authenticity

    5. Political Leadership: Causal Interdependencies, Archetypal Fountainheads, and Practical Consequences

    6. A pathology of leadership: Expressions of Misleadership, and the Lessons it Harbors

    7. Competencies and Ethical Leadership

    8. Toward a Stage Model of Ethical Leadership

    9. Toward a Hierarchy of Values

    10. Can You Identify, Select and Develop Ethical Leaders?

    11. Ethical Leadership and Organizational Culture

    12. The Future of Ethical Leadership: Sneaking a Peek into the Rabbit Hole


    Claas Florian Engelke is a leadership advisor and senior principal consultant with Korn Ferry who operates both nationally and internationally. Florian is based in Berlin, Germany. He holds degrees in linguistics and religious studies, is a leadership developer and diagnostician, lover of music, literature, and critical geopolitical analysis.

    Richard B. Swegan brings to this book over 30 years of experience as a consultant and salesperson focusing on leadership. He resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, and operates his own consulting firm, ARCH Performance which specializes in identifying leadership talent.

    "With Claas Florian Engelke and Richard B. Swegan’s new book, The Practice of Ethical Leadership, the authors take up the cause of describing the key ethical leadership competencies that will not only help leaders avoid their company’s name appearing on the front page with a scandalous headline, but create the type of positive business environment that attracts top talent, gains consumers’ trust, and increases long-term sustainability.

    The Practice of Ethical Leadership describes the foundation upon which leaders should consciously make decisions...and pose an array of scenarios and case studies to illustrate several considerations when faced with taking ethical action. For example, is turning down a potential new client based on ethical values a sound business decision? And if so, how do you communicate your rationale to the client you turned down, your board of directors, and company management? Is there a price to pay for displaying such integrity and authenticity?

    For purpose-seeking employees, discerning customers, and a values-deprived corporate world, The Practice of Ethical Leadership shows the way to creating a positive business culture, fostering trust, inspiring loyalty, and contributing to the development of a new generation of leaders who take to heart their responsibility for doing the right thing."

    Please visit www.ceoworld.biz/2024/03/26/book-review-the-practice-of-ethical-leadership-insights-from-psychology-and-business-in-building-an-ethical-bottom-line-by-claas-florian-engelke-and-richard-b-sweg to read the full review.

    Reviewed by Despina Wilson for CEOWORLD magazine, 26th March 2024.

    "Claas Florian Engelke and Richard B. Swegan have achieved something truly remarkable. They have embraced the utilitarian principles observable in the Lean system, married them with distinctive, informed observations, and have come out with one of the most succinct, well-articulated, and objectively informed books on postmodern corporate leadership in some time. While their book, The Practice of Ethical Leadership: Insight from Psychology and Business in Building an Ethical Bottom Line, may not be flowery and lithe in terms of heavy-handed communicatory style, this is more than made up for by their overall ability to make things straightforward, and extensive."

    Reviewed by Cyrus Rhodes for The Magic Pen, March 24th 2024.

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