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How Morals Affect Leadership

Tuesday, March 4, 2003

Leadership involves group action toward certain ends. These end-states and the means used to achieve them are fundamentally a question of individual and group values. Therefore, at base, the issue of leadership is intimately connected with values and their expression.

In this article, we will focus on how morals affect leadership. All leaders have moral values of one type or another. In his book, Essays in Moral Development Vol. 1 (1981. New York: Harper and Row.)Lawrence Kohlberg argued that h

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