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Understanding Ethical Failures in Leadership

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Public Policy

  • Date Published: August 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521545976

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  • Why do leaders fail ethically? In this book, Terry L. Price uses a multi-disciplinary approach to an understanding of immorality in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. He argues that leaders can know that a certain kind of behavior is generally required by morality but still be mistaken as to whether the relevant moral requirement applies to them in a particular situation and whether others are protected by this requirement. Price demonstrates how leaders make exceptions of themselves, explains how the justificatory force of leadership gives rise to such exception-making, and develops normative protocols that leaders should adopt.

    • The first book-length, philosophical treatment of leadership
    • Draws on cognitive and social psychology, history of political thought, leadership studies, management, organizational theory, and religion
    • Comprehensive ethical analysis that can be applied across leadership contexts - in public, private, and non-profit sectors
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    "This is an excellent book. To my knowledge it is far and away the best treatment of the ethics of leadership. It engages the business ethics literature as well as relevant philosophical literature. The treatment is deep, well-balanced, and original. Overall the book is written in an exceptionally lucid and accessible style." --Prof. Allen Buchanan

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521545976
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Volitional and cognitive accounts of ethical failures in leadership
    2. The nature of exception making
    3. Making exceptions for leaders
    4. Justifying leadership
    5. The ethics of authentic transformational leadership
    6. Change and responsibility
    7. Ignorance, history, and moral membership.

  • Author

    Terry Price, University of Richmond
    Terry L. Price is Associate Professor of Leadership Studies at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond. He has contributed to American Philosophical Quarterly, The Encyclopedia of Leadership, and The Journal of Political Philosophy, and is editor, with J. Thomas Wren and Douglas A. Hicks, of the three-volume reference set The International Library of Leadership.

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