Immanuel Kant's Views on Duties and Ethical Leadership

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Leaders are responsible for influencing followers to perform a task, duty, or to be representative of their followers/constituents' wants and needs. In order for a leader to perform their task and duty effectively, they must possess ethics and morals that prized by their followers and that create loyalty among them. Because leaders are supposed to set a strong example of ethical behavior and ethical practices, it is imperative that leadership follow and set morally acceptable behaviors and that leadership conduct itself in a acceptable ethical manner. As such, leadership must conform to certain ethical principles, which Immanuel Kant attempts to define in Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals. One of the central elements Immanuel Kant attempts to define is how obligation and duty relate to moral law and how these determine moral worth. In order to determine what drives an individual to be dutiful, Kant first attempts to define what qualities in an individual will lead to moral behavior. Kant argues, Intelligence, wit, judgment, and the other talents of the mind, however they may be named, or courage, resolution, perseverance, as qualities of temperament, are undoubtedly good and desirable in many respects; but these gifts of nature may also become extremely bad and mischievous if the will which is to make use of them, and which, therefore, constitutes what is called character, is not good. Kant argues that although one may have values and morals that are
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