Leadership must be an outward expression of personal skills that bring others on board to a great mission. The other individuals must trust you, so the approach must be genuine and ethical. The ethical element requires the reasoning skills to understand what is right, not just your personal motivations and desires (Paul and Elder, p.6).
This week's definition:
Leadership must be based on an understanding of yourself, the group you're leading, and the situation on hand. Knowing the problem can be the most important part of leading. If this problem is a complex ethical dilemma, you can begin to progress by knowing where you stand. A leader must lead "in close proximity to their base value" (Kidder).
This week's readings have shown that leaders must be deft in dealing with ethical problems beyond simple right vs. wrong. A leader must use ethical reasoning to overcome the complexity of these conundrums.
Kidder, R. M. (2003). "Overview: The ethics of right vs. right." How Good People Make Tough Choices (pp. 13 - 29). New York: Simon & Schuster.