Ethics, Chaos, and the Demand for Good Leaders


The cry for leadership in our society comes in a time of perceived chaos. People want leaders who will provide order; however, the complexity of today's world requires a different kind of leader. Since leaders have limited power to provide order to the external environment, it is crucial that they provide order in human relationships. In a society that is not hierarchical, one way that we supply order is through trust. This is why ethics is and ought to be at the heart of teaching ad research in leadership studies.

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