Ethical leadership has become a popular subject of empirical research in recent years. Most studies follow Brown et al.’s definition of ethical leadership, which consists of two components: the moral person and the moral manager. In this paper, I argue for a third relevant component: i.e., the moral entrepreneur who creates a new ethical norm. Viewing moral entrepreneurship as a new component of ethical leadership opens up avenues for studying various antecedents and outcomes of ethical leadership that have not been acknowledged so far, or at least, not adequately.

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Keywords Corporate social responsibility, Ethical leadership, Moral entrepreneurship, Proactive leadership, Social development
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Journal Journal of Business Ethics
Kaptein, S.P. (2017). The Moral Entrepreneur: a New Component of Ethical Leadership. Journal of Business Ethics, 1–16. doi:10.1007/s10551-017-3641-0