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Thoughts on Ethical Leadership 1 Thoughts on Ethical Leadership By: Lisa Phillips Date: October 3 rd 2011 Walden University
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Thoughts on Ethical Leadership 2 My definition of ethical leadership is someone who acts ethical and bases their decisions on moral grounds. This definition has changed since reading Joanne Cuilla’s book “The Ethics of Leadership”. Ethical leadership is a topic for discussion, and Joanne Cuilla expresses many different views of ethics in her book. Thomas Hobbes and Ayn Rand seem to agree on self – interest way of life. Then Aristotle believed that all people should live a “good life” or a “moral life”. All three have a different approach to what they believe is ethical behavior, but at the same time believe that ethical behavior is practical. The question is not what ethical leadership is, but what ethical leadership to you is. Thomas Hobbes a seventeenth century English philosopher “is now widely regarded as one of a handful of truly great political philosophers” . . In my opinion Thomas Hobbes is what we call a republican. “Hobbes thought
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