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Plato: Application of Theory to Leadership
A look at how Plato's writings relate to leadership.
# 151254 | 3,233 words | 10 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 30, 2012 in Philosophy (Ethics) , Business (General) , Ethics (General)

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This paper examines Plato's writings as they relate to modern business ethics and leadership. First, the paper addresses Plato's concept of justice, as seen through his works. This includes a discussion of power relationships in the business world as well as recent business scandals that showed a lack of ethical behavior. Then the paper explores Plato's philosophical influences, particularly Pythagorus, Heraclitus, and Parmenides, whose outlooks are discussed. Next, the paper highlights how Plato's view on human nature is relevant today. It also points out how people learn ethics and the connection between modern leadership and business ethics. Additionally, the paper considers what it cites as the six elements that cause most of the ethical dilemmas in business. These are looked at in terms of how they impact decision making. The paper concludes by discussing the importance of treating employees as valued members of an organization.


Plato's Influences
Humanity and Perceptual Differences
How People Learn Ethics
Modern Leadership and Business Ethics
Elements of Ethical Dilemmas
Ethics and Decision-Making

From the Paper:

"Plato's philosophical statements are hard to argue with. Most of his opinions about human nature and ethics are solid, and they generally still hold true today. What he believes about human nature can be seen by observing all kinds of people and watching what they do in relation to specific events that come into their life (Guthrie, 1986). Because of this, many individuals today agree with what Plato thought, and they think that his beliefs will continue to stand the test of time as they have ever since he chose to make them public. This is true for personal lives and also for business lives, and leadership is part of that equation. People are not just leaders if they run a corporation, they also lead families, groups of their peers, friends, and others by example, and too many people forget that leadership and the qualities that make a person a good leader are important in all facets of life, not just in one or two of them where a person is called upon to lead for a paycheck.
"The conclusions that Plato reached have held up all these years because they are true, and because human nature has not really changed that much since Plato's time. Technology and other things have advanced far beyond what Plato could likely have ever imagined, but the intrinsic nature of human beings has remained the same, and will probably continue to do so. This is what makes Plato's musings regarding ethics and morality continue to be studied and believed by many, especially where the leadership of other individuals is concerned and where people are called upon to show others the right way to live."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anderson, Albert A. (1999). Downsizing and the Meaning of Work. Babson College Business Ethics Program.
  • Donaldson, Thomas, and A. R. Gini. (1984). Case Studies in Business Ethics. 2nd ed. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall.
  • Giardina, Denise. (1999). Saints and Villains. New York: Ballantine Books.
  • Guthrie, W.K.C. (1986). A History of Greek Philosophy: Volume 4, Plato: The Man and His Dialogues: Earlier Period. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Kahn, Charles H. (2004). "The Framework," Plato and the socratic dialogue: The Philosophical Use of a Literary Form. New York: Cambridge University Press.

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