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Running head: ETHICAL LEADER vs UNETHICAL LEADER 1Ethical Leader vs Unethical Leader Alper T. GoktenMGT440: The Dark Side of Leadership Dr. Jan Tucker April 20th, 2020
Ethical Leader vs Unethical Leader 2Ethical Leader vs Unethical Leader Websters.com defines ethical as relating to moral principles or the branch of knowledge dealing with these. One way to look at this is to understand the difference between right or wrong and make the right choice every time. Another way to look at this is the type of character that the individual has. Over the course of human civilization there has been multiple times whenthe character of a leader has had a positive and negative effects on human civilization. One great example of an ethical leader that had positive impact on civilization was Mahatma Gandhi. In contrast one unethical leader that had negative effects on civilization is Joseph Stalin. Each of these leaders were people that shaped the world not only during their respective times but continue to shape the world that we live in today.Before we can look into the actions of these individual leaders we need to understand what makes an individual character and the difference between a ethical and unethical one. According to Johnson (2018), the six positive categories that make up an individual’s character are: wisdom and knowledge, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, transcendence. An individual does not need to have all of these characteristic traits at all times to be considered an ethical leader. At no point it time can an individual be perfect person. One way that an individual gains these characteristic traits is through the experiences that they have lived through.Other than Gandhi another individual that has most of these characteristic traits is Pope Francis. “"He turns down many papal perks to remain true to his commitment to the poor and to a humblelifestyle. He lives in a modest bungalow instead of the papal apartment, takes his meals with Cardinals and visitors (taking any available seat), drives a used Renault, often runs his own
Ethical Leader vs Unethical Leader 3errands, and makes spontaneous phone calls to ordinary citizens." (Jonson, 2018) To be better able to understand why Gandhi was an ethical leader we need to understand his backroad or the events that made up his character.

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