Leadership And Culture : Ethical Leadership

999 WordsApr 5, 20164 Pages
Leadership and Culture Ethical Leadership According to research studies on organizational leadership, “powerful leaders can have substantial impact on the lives of followers and the fate of an organization” (Yukl, 2006, p.340). Nevertheless, Heifetz (1994) points out, “there is no ethically neutral ground for theories of leadership, because they always involve values and implicit assumptions about proper forms of influence. The complexity of issues surrounding ethical and unethical leadership influences, are determining by the criteria utilized by leaders among members. Emphasized in theories of ethical leadership are behavior approaches of several identifying leaders: (1) servant leadership, (2) spiritual leadership, and (3) authentic leadership. Servant Leadership Scholars argue about the fundamental concept of servant leadership. However, many identifiable concepts surrounding those arguments are derived from being egotistical or self- oriented. As Blanchard & Hodges (2005), states, “leaders must first overcome their ego’s desire to be served and learn to focus on serving others”. Leaders who serve in humility with respect to members are clearly identified with scriptural text, “Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interest but to the interest of others” (Philippines 2:4, NIV). Spiritual Leadership Many scholars agree on the connection between spiritual leadership and religion. However, In Yukl (2006), “Leadership in
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