Developing a Framework for Ethical Leadership Academic Article


  • Interest in ethical leadership from academics and practitioners has grown enormously in recent years. This article addresses this literature through a framework that identifies three interlocking questions. First, who are ethical leaders and what are their characteristics? Second, how do ethical leaders do what they do? Third, why do leaders do as they do and what are the outcomes of ethical leadership? Different dimensions to ethical leadership are examined and presented as three interlocking circle s; Virtues, Purposes and Practices. This framework presents an integrated approach to ethical leadership and argues that future research take this holistic framework and apply it to different sectors or contexts.

publication date

  • 2015/9/22


  • 130


  • Ethical leadership
  • Integrated approach
  • leader
  • leadership
  • literature

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0167-4544

number of pages

  • 11

start page

  • 639

end page

  • 649