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Comparing and Contrasting Dark and Light Leaders Alejandro Amey MGT 440: The Dark Side of Leadership Dr. Richard Levanthal September 07, 2020
Comparing and Contrasting Dark and Light Leaders 1When considering leadership, individuals often associate ethical or positive aspects such as team building and training a group. "Leaders are the ethics officers of their organizations, casting light or shadow in large part through the example they set" (pg. 360). Individuals think of all the good aspects that make a leader useful but do not consider unethical or dark leadership. According to Johnson (2018), "For most of us, leadership has a positive connotation. We have been fortunate enough to benefit from this guidance, for exam coaches' guidance admire noteworthy historical leaders" (pg. 3). To be a successful leader and truly understand leadership aspects, individuals should consider both sides. Leaders who possess dark leadership qualities can derail members of the group, and in some of the most extreme cases, death has occurred. I will be comparing and contrasting both light or ethical leaders or dark or unethical leaders. I will be providing a brief background on each leader, which will describe both individuals' leadership style. For this discussion, President Abraham Lincoln and Adolf Hitler. When considering an ethical or light leader, Abraham Lincoln would be considered one of the most notable. In 1861, Abraham Lincoln became the 16th President of the United States. Lincoln was known for his faith-driven morality. One of his most famous acts was his signing of The Emancipation Proclamation. This law was significant because the legislation declared that all African-American slaves living in Confederate states would finally attain freedom in 1863 (The White House, n.d.). Lincoln viewed slavery as immoral and would carry his beliefs into his presidency. According to Pruitt (2012), "In a three-hour speech in Peoria, Illinois, in the fall of 1854, Lincoln presented more clearly than ever his moral, legal and economic opposition to
Comparing and Contrasting Dark and Light Leaders 2slavery—and then admitted he didn't know exactly what should be done about it within the current political system" (para 1). Abraham Lincoln would have been considered an altruistic leadership. "The altruistic approach to moral reasoning shares much in common with virtue ethics. Many of the virtues that