Moving Forward with the Concept of Responsible Leadership: Three Caveats to Guide Theory and Research

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Abstract

The concept of responsible leadership has garnered increased attention in recent years. Indeed, irresponsibility on the part of organizational leaders appears to represent an area of growing concern to the greater public. Accordingly, it is appropriate that increased scholarly attention be devoted to an understanding of this concept. But with that said, the purpose of this article is to identify three caveats about which researchers and practitioners should be concerned as work in this area proceeds. These caveats pertain to: (1) definitional issues, (2) the importance of theory and research that is not ideologically driven or biased, and (3) the positioning of responsible leadership within the greater body of leadership theory and research. Additional concerns are considered including the measurement of responsible leadership and research strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-83
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Volume98
Issue numberSUPPL.1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

Keywords

  • Leadership
  • Social responsibility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Law

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