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Unformatted text preview: The state of leadership ethics and the work that lies before us Joanne B.Ciulla n The editors of this special issue asked me to write an article on the state of leadership ethics. In some ways, this is an easy assignment because the literature in this area is still quite small. In other ways, it is very difficult because I am not sure that there is a consensus on what constitutes the field of leadership ethics or whether it is a field rather than simply a topic. People might also disagree on what counts as an academic book or article on leadership ethics. As leadership ethics is still new and the approaches to it are quite fragmented, I would not presume to speak for everyone who works in this area. So what follows is a personal account of how I see the field, based on work that I have performed alone and with others over the last 14 years. I will highlight the problems that I have encountered, some areas that beg to be explored and, most importantly, some of the excellent new contributions to the field. 1 Again, I emphasize that the field is still young and wide open for development. Please regard my take on it as a heuristic and not as something set in stone. The goal of this paper is to stimulate research. I am eager to see more scholars from outside of the USA writing on leadership ethics. 2 We cannot begin to understand subjects like ethics and leadership without research from a variety of disciplines, cultures and points of view. Background There have been a growing number of courses on leadership studies at universities all over the US. I asked the International Leadership Association whether they had data on the number of programs and they told me that the estimates were at about 1000. Several people have tried to count leader- ship programs, but there are still no firm numbers, in part because new leadership initiatives seem to be popping up everywhere and they come in all shapes and sizes. Most leadership courses of study are for undergraduates but there are also many in graduate and professional schools. I have visited many of these programs and have looked at the leadership curricula in a number of universities. From what I have seen, I think it is fair to say that a majority of leadership programs have a course on leadership and ethics in their curriculum. As a matter of fact, there seem to be far more courses on leadership ethics than there are journal articles and books on the subject. When I started research in this area in 1991, it was difficult to sort out what counted as research on leadership ethics. I began my work in this field by writing a critical article about the research in leadership studies, which mapped out where ethics fit into the field....
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This note was uploaded on 10/17/2011 for the course BUSI 3002 taught by Professor Marclyncheski during the Fall '11 term at Walden University.
- Fall '11
- Business Ethics