Studies in TransAtlantic Business Ethics series
Edited by Georges Enderle and Patrick E. Murphy
Chapter 6: Drops in the pond: leaders, morality, and imagination
Chapter 6 by Joanne B. Ciulla compares the actions of ethically innovative leaders with drops of water in a pond. They often radiate out like ripples into larger spheres, from the personal, to the organizational, and finally to the systemic level. Recalling key notions in leadership studies such as vision, moral imagination, and both ethics and effectiveness, the chapter applies them to a timely challenge for business leaders, namely to pay their employees’ living wages (with a focus on the fast food and other industries). Ethically innovative leaders can fix this problem if they are willing to make waves by thinking of business as a means of improving the well-being of all stakeholders, including employees.
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