Moral imagination provides leaders with insight into others and the world and helps them make moral decisions and form visions. Leaders need imagination to determine the values they embrace and the feelings that these values engender in themselves and others. Leaders use imagination to animate values, apply moral principles to particular situations, and understand the moral aspects of situations. Imagination and moral values are the fundamental components of a vision.
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Ciulla, Joanne B. "Moral Imagination.” In Encyclopedia of Leadership, Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, 2004.