An abundance of ethical escalations in business and organizations has spurred the debate about the necessity and viability of ethical leadership. In response to this, researchers have developed a strong interest in understanding and testing the notion of ethical leadership. Ethical leaders have been characterized as being concerned with moral and just behavior of employees, and they enact ethical conduct through personal actions and interpersonal relationships. Yet, despite this growing research interest, conceptual and empirical foundations are still relatively scarce. This special issue aims to contribute to the growth and development of the emerging field of ethical leadership by, first of all, attempting to further develop its conceptual foundation. We therefore encourage papers that focus on what ethical leadership is and what it is not. ...

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Journal Journal of Personnel Psychology
Stouten, J, van Dijke, M.H, & de Cremer, D. (2011). Leading With Integrity: Current Perspectives on the Psychology of Ethical Leadership. A Special Issue of the Journal of Personnel Psychology. Journal of Personnel Psychology, 10(1). doi:10.1027/1866-5888/a000033