Research Companion to the Dysfunctional Workplace
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Research Companion to the Dysfunctional Workplace

Management Challenges and Symptoms

Edited by Janice Langan-Fox, Cary L. Cooper and Richard J. Klimoski

A work exposing and exploring the phenomena of the dysfunctional workplace is long overdue. This fascinating book does just that, uncovering the subversiveness, counter-productive behaviour and unspoken ‘issues’ that managers struggle with on a daily basis.
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Chapter 7: Leadership and Ethics: The Darker Side of Management

Marc J. Schabracq and Iva Embley Smit


Marc J. Schabracq and Iva Embley Smit Introduction This chapter examines management and leadership in their relation to ethics. As an example, the role of the Christian main virtues in regulating management is explored, together with the development of ethics in dialogue. The relation between ethics and management is further examined by analyzing the social context of ethics, as well as the role of emotion, empathy and reflection in ethics. Due to a number of recent scandals in government and business (Bakan, 2004; Glasbeek, 2002; Huffington, 2003; Usher, 2006), the relation between ethics, or rather the absence of ethics, and leadership has yet again become an issue. The costs of unethical leadership and inadequate management – the darker side of management – are enormous, both at the organizational and personal level. To examine the relations between leadership and ethics, we investigate the following topics: ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Good leadership Ethics The social context of ethics Integrity The emotional process inherent in ethics The role of empathy in ethics Reflection in ethics Dialogue. What is good leadership? In German, the verb ‘to lead’, ‘leiten’ (in Dutch: ‘leiden’), has the intransitive counterpart ‘leiden’ (in Dutch: ‘lijden’), which means to suffer, to undergo, to be subjected to, and to go. The old English forms of ‘lead’, ‘lidan’ and ‘lithan’ also mean to go. Leading thus becomes the causative of experiencing or going. Though in English this is not expressed as harshly as in Dutch and German – where to lead essentially stands for making someone...

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