An Ethical Dimension in Transformational Leadership

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Armstrong, Anona and Muenjohn, Nuttawuth (2008) An Ethical Dimension in Transformational Leadership. Journal of Business systems Governance and Ethics, 3 (3). pp. 21-35. ISSN 1433-4318


Few empirical studies have been done that directly address the underlying values that drive leadership or distinguish its ethical dimensions. As a result the development of a theory about how values and ethics affect transformational leadership lacks empirical support. This has important implications for the study of transformational leadership. The purpose of this study was to establish a range of values and implied approaches to ethics that are associated with transformational styles of leadership, to use an inductive approach to determine the values and ethical approaches associated with transformational leadership, and to determine whether such a style is always right in itself. The study used interview data from senior executives to address the questions: What kinds of values do people associate with the dimensions of transformational leadership? Are these values related to ethical conduct and positive outcomes for there an ethical or moral dimension to it? Do these represent ethical or immoral dimensions in the "Full range leadership model?" The results of this study suggest that leaders' values are more important in driving ethical behaviour among leaders, than the operationalisation of the management practices suggested by transformational leadership theory.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.15209/jbsge.v3i3.139
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for International Corporate Governance Research
Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Historical > SEO Classification > 9104 Management and Productivity
Keywords ResPubID15821, ethics, values, ethical leadership, transformational leadership introduction
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