Responsible Organizational Leadership Term Paper by Britts

Responsible Organizational Leadership
Looks at the role of virtue ethics as the best guide for building responsible organizational leadership and improving organizational ethics.
# 148164 | 5,406 words | 26 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Sep 15, 2011 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek) , Business (Management) , Ethics (General)

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This paper suggests that, by developing leaders with high ethical standards and the ability to influence the other individuals within the organization to maintain high moral values, business organizations will be more socially responsible. Next, the author discusses the Greek concept of virtue ethic, how leaders can establish these traits and the application of role modeling to create a responsible organizational identity. The paper examines the differing roles and responsibilities of organizational leaders and their relationship to those they lead and the external stakeholders.

Table of Contents:
The Nature of Organizational Identity
What Makes an Individual a Leader?
What Makes an Individual Ethical?
The Morally Ethical Leader
Embedding Ethical Values in Organizations
The Roles Model of Responsible Leadership
Ethical Leadership and Responsible Organizational Citizenship

From the Paper:

"If a corporation takes an action which a significant portion of society views as socially irresponsible, the reputation of the entire organization suffers. Indeed, many employees of the organization are probably also members of many other stakeholder groups; hence an inappropriate action can damage the organization's organizational (internal) identity as well as its corporate (external) identity. Likewise, taking actions which stakeholders view as socially improper can also cause socially responsible new talent to seek employment elsewhere with organizations they perceive to be more socially aligned with their own social values."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anonymous. (2008). The Next Question: Does CSR Work. The Economist, January 19.
  • Aristotle. (1970). The Basic Works of Aristotle. New York: Random House.
  • Becker, Gerhold K. (2007). The Competitive Edge of Moral Leadership. International Management Review, 3.
  • Blackburn, Margaret and Peter McGhee. (2004). Talking Virtue: Professionalism In Business And Virtue Ethics. Global Virtue Ethics Review, 5.
  • Cicero. (1953). Cicero's Offices. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co. Inc.

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