The Ethical Theories Of Leadership

1535 Words Nov 7th, 2016 7 Pages
Leadership is not a one size fits all type of thing. Each person has his or her own style of leadership that develops over time. Even though there are many different style of leadership, one thing that most leaders have in common are there values. All leaders want the best for those that they lead, and they want successfully accomplish the task that they are given. In the military, a leader’s ethics are what guide them in day-to-day life and sometimes life or death situations. That is why it is important for leaders to have strong moral guidelines to help them navigate the difficult task of leading in the military. I believe that in order for a military leader to make the best moral decisions, they need to have a blended value of ethical beliefs. I contend that the best ethical theories for military leaders to subscribe to are Utilitarianism and Stoicism. Having proper ethical beliefs and being able to make judgements based off ethical values is what makes a leader in today’s military great. This importance is highlighted in ADRP 6-22, Army Leadership, According to ADRP 6-22, “Leaders draw from deep-rooted values and professional competence to demonstrate resolve to do what is right at the right time for the right reason”(ADRP-622). As previously stated, Utilitarianism is one ethical school of thought that will allow leaders to always make the correct decision at the right time. In the words of John Stuart Mill, “… an indispensable condition to acceptance of the…
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