Ethical and unethical leadership: Exploring new avenues for future research

Michael E. Brown, Marie S. Mitchell

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

270 Scopus citations

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to review literature that is relevant to the social scientific study of ethics and leadership, as well as outline areas for future study. We first discuss ethical leadership and then draw from emerging research on "dark side" organizational behavior to widen the boundaries of the review to include unethical leadership. Next, three emerging trends within the organizational behavior literature are proposed for a leadership and ethics research agenda: 1) emotions, 2) fit/congruence, and 3) identity/ identification. We believe each shows promise in extending current thinking. The review closes with discussion of important issues that are relevant to the advancement of research on leadership and ethics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)583-616
Number of pages34
JournalBusiness Ethics Quarterly
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Philosophy
  • Economics and Econometrics

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Ethical and unethical leadership: Exploring new avenues for future research'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this