Moral Leadership A Business Imperative
Goh, Alex Shaw Peng (2003) Moral Leadership A Business Imperative. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)
The above Enron-centric quotations serve to set the stage for the spirit of this research. While care should be accorded to ensure that one does not generalize on the current leadership situation from this one high profile case of business failure, it is fair to note that the level of trust on current business leadership is being questioned and that business schools are beginning to focus on the softer aspects of the business leadership program. Moral leadership in business is about doing the right thing, with care and concern for the welfare of those affected by the business decision. This current crisis in leadership has spawned the calling for moral leadership in business. Many are seeking the kind of leadership that are aligned to the moral benchmark expected of businesses and in process, often find that back to basic time-tested value based principles are the foundations of successful business endeavor. Given the complexity and the many immoral temptations of modern day businesses, the business leader is faced with the daunting task of holding a moral based position in every of his business endeavor. While many will scoff at moral leadership as the ‘wished-for ideals, it is clear for all to appreciate that anything short of a moral based leadership approach will only result, at best in business mediocrity or at its worst, business failures or eventual collapse, as in the case of Enron.In this sense, moral leadership is not an alternative form of leadership but indeed, a business imperative.
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