The Importance Of Ethical And Virtuous Leadership

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The journey of growing into a strong, respectable human being in a world that often seems unjust and even inhumane will be a confusing one. No doubt, at times you will lose your way or stumble, but I write to you this letter in hopes that it will serve you as a blue print – a roadmap of sorts, to guide you back to the right path and propel you forward towards ethical and virtuous leadership. Each of us is innately born with the capacity for both vice and virtue, but your choices and your motivations will determine if you will be virtuous or unethical. Understanding what the virtuous decision is will not always be clear, and it will not always seem pleasurable or easy, but this letter will help you understand that the virtuous way is always …show more content…
As you take on leadership responsibilities, consider the way that your relationships develop and aim to always act virtuously within those relationships. Your relationships will be the truest measure of and display of your virtue and will be essential in achieving a fulfilled happy life. You should approach leadership with great respect, always with the deliberate intention of achieving the good in mind and doing so virtuously, for it is in the means that virtue exists (Ethics, III, …show more content…
As a leader, others will need to identify with your cause in order to feel represented (Judge & Piccolo, 2004, 755). To build relationships that transcend a convenient exchange of benefits and pleasures, you should focus on developing a capacity greater than simply bargaining and setting expectations. Instead, you should aim to appeal to the values of others, creating relationships based on good character and love. As Aristotle explains, it is important to understand the roles of each individual in a relationship, including the obligations to each other, as friendship is an active condition (Ethics, VIII, 1156a). Seek to individualize consideration for others taking care of the relationships you create (Judge & Piccolo, 2004, 755). “However, meaningful relationships are those between “people who are good and are alike in virtue,” as these will mutually have good will for each other (Ethics, VIII, 1156b,

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