What is it about?

This research demystifies whether ethical leadership entails a similar meaning in different cultural contexts by revealing that its central virtues such as authenticity, integrity, compassion, fairness, humility and concern for the welfare of society and the environment are hallmarks of ethical behaviour in both Eastern and Western philosophical traditions.

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Why is it important?

The rise of ethical failures in the international business environment (e.g., corporate scandals of Enron and Arthur Anderson) has heightened the importance of ethical behaviour exemplified by organisational leadership. This research discusses that ethical leadership responds well to the ethical challenges in business settings, irrespective of the national or cultural differences mainly because character, integrity, compassion, humility, and accountability are globally endorsed leadership qualities.


Ethical leadership be considered a notable style of positive global leadership

Dr Saima Ahmad
RMIT University

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This page is a summary of: Is the meaning of ethical leadership constant across cultures? A test of cross-cultural measurement invariance, International Journal of Manpower, April 2020, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/ijm-02-2019-0079.
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