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ETHICAL Vs. UNETHICAL LEADERSHIP 1 Ethical Leader vs Unethical Leader Joshua Welch MGT440: The Dark Side of Leadership Instructor: Stacey Taylor 12 September 2020
ETHICAL Vs. UNETHICAL LEADERSHIP 2 Ethical Leader vs Unethical Leader Over the history of mankind there have been numerous occasions when a leader’s character has had a negative or positive effect on civilization. Defined by Websters dictionary ethical is said to relate to moral principals shown by an individual and the division of knowledge dealing with these principals. A way to have a better perspective on this would be the ability to differentiate between right and wrong to include being able to make the right choice. The perfect example of an ethical leader would be Mahatma Gandhi who had a huge positive impact across the world. Joseph Stalin is a great example of an unethical leader whose actions have negatively impacted the world. If you have not heard of either of these individuals I would suggest reading up on their actions because not only did they greatly impact the world during their lifetime, but still have an effect in the world as we know it today. Prior to investigating the actions of these two leaders one must understand what it is that makes up an individual’s character along with the differences between ethical and unethical leadership. As indicated by Johnson (2018), the six positive classes that make up a person's character are: astuteness and information, mental fortitude, mankind, equity, moderation, amazing quality. In order to be considered an ethical leader you do not have to have all of these traits all the time. An ethical leader could literally only have two of these character traits. Life experiences a person has lived through is one of the ways that individuals gain these character traits. Pope Francis is another leader besides Gandhi that posses most of the ethical characteristic traits. “"He turns down many papal perks to remain true to his commitment to the poor and to a humble lifestyle. 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 Vs. UNETHICAL LEADERSHIP 3 errands, and makes spontaneous phone calls to ordinary citizens" (Jonson, 2018). SO that we are able to understand what made Gandhi an ethical leader we must take a trip into his past along with the events of his life that formed his character.

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